In 2018, the Met Museum’s Costume Institute took up a whopping 60,000 square feet for its spring exhibition, making it the largest “fashion” show in the museum’s history. The exhibition was not only spread out among many galleries on the grand first floor, but it also required a trip to the Cloisters, where more wonders were on view. Byzantine, Medieval, and Gothic art and artifacts made a gracious setting for designs based on the silhouettes and poetics of Catholic hierarchies, both earthly and angelic. From Chanel and Balenciaga to Versace, Galliano, Thom Browne and many more, this was a show both celestial and grave, complete with saints and martyrs. See it once more—or for the first time—with curator Andrew Bolton. —L.J.
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