Catholicism has a rich history of, well, richness, and the upcoming fashion exhibition at MoMA, 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' explores the literal trappings that accompanied the religion's wealth through the middle ages and beyond. Heavenly Bodies looks to draw connections between the styles and themes of religious art and those of contemporary fashion, showing both influence and methods whereby the two diverge.
Though religion isn't necessarily thought of as fashionable in the societal imagining, there's no doubt that fashion has played a large part in religion over the years. Catholicism in particular is known for its elaborate clothing; in fact, the wealth and showiness of the Catholic church was one of the key factors in driving Martin Luther to pin his complaints on the Wittenberg church door and ultimately create the schism between Protestantism and Catholicism.
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