The Ingenious Way Saks Fifth Avenue Became the Preview Destination for the Met Gala

'Heavenly Bodies,' the museum's latest costume exhibition

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest costume exhibition, “Heavenly Bodies,” explores Christianity’s influence on fashion—and Saks Fifth Avenue is celebrating the installation. In collaboration with Vogue, the department store is echoing its longtime neighbor, Patrick’s Cathedral, by decking out six of its store windows with glimmering, haunting ecclesiastical scenes.

According to Vogue international editor at large Hamish Bowles, the windows are intended to “draw on the spiritually uplifting aesthetics and powerful use of color seen in historic religious art and stained glass windows.”

“[We wanted to] create contemporary environments that showcase a curated collection of iconic pieces from designers’ archives,” he added.




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