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The Met Gala's Theme Is Here And It's...Catholicism?

Amal Clooney, Rihanna, and Donatella Versace will co-host the event.
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The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute is heading to church next year with a show titled, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," that focuses on how religious vestments have influenced fashion for centuries.

The exhibit will span three of the museum's spaces throughout the city, including the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval galleries at the Fifth Avenue location, and the Cloisters uptown. Perhaps most notably, "Heavenly Bodies" will feature papal vestments, "many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican," reads the overview.

The New York Times revealed this will be the Institute's largest exhibit to date. It could also be one of the most controversial. 

"We know it could be controversial for right-wing or conservative Catholics and for liberal Catholics," curator Andrew Bolton said, noting that he has spoken with leaders in the religious community including New York City Cardinal Timothy Dolan about the exhibit.

"But Mr. Bolton said he had not removed a single garment from the exhibition because it had been flagged as a potential lightning rod," cites the Times.

Naturally, the Institute's annual fundraiser, which will be co-hosted by Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace, and Rihanna, has followed suit, and will also have a potentially controversial religious theme. Billionaire Stephen A. Schwarzman and his wife Christine, who are Jewish, but have donated millions to initiatives of the archdiocese of New York, will also serve as honorary chairs of the gala alongside Anna Wintour.

Per the Times, Cardinal Dolan has been extended an invitation. "Everyone is hoping he will attend."

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Let's just hope attendees think a little more creatively than wearing rosaries as necklaces. You're not going to top Madonna's aesthetic circa 1984.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
Minor edits have been made by the Townandcoutry.ph editors.

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