“Heavenly Bodies” Is the Costume Institute’s Most-Visited Show Ever

by Aria Darcella
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The Costume Institute’s latest blockbuster show Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination has just clocked it’s one millionth visitor, making it the most popular Costume Institute show ever. Overall, it is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s third-most visited show, behind 1963’s Mona Lisa, and 1978’s Treasures of Tutankhamun, which hold the second and first spots on the list, respectively.

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination (Shutterstock)

Part of Heavenly Bodies‘ big draw, outside of its sprawling size — it was also the largest exhibit the museum has ever mounted, extending to the Met Cloisters — was that it displayed Papal vestments, some of which have not been seen outside the Vatican. Essentially, the Pope’s clothes are always going to be a big draw, but to make the biggest-possible impact, add some Versace.

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination (Shutterstock)

To celebrate the occasion, the Met gifted the one millionth visitor with a signed copy of the exhibit catalogue. Anna Wintour and the Costume Institute’s curator-in-charge, Andrew Bolton, were on hand to present the book.

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If you were somehow among the few who have yet to see Heavenly Bodies, don’t fret. The exhibit runs through October 8.

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