IN THE MOOD FOR...

Your 2018 Met Gala Mood Board Is Rife with Imaginative Reinterpretations of Catholic Iconography


Sims David

Religious iconography from the Catholic Church has made a brassy impact on the intersections of art and fashion for centuries; and as the 2018 Met Gala swiftly approaches, with its theme this year being “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” scriptural style will bow at the altar of celebrity. Luxurious looks consisting of heavy crucifixes, beaded rosaries, papal collars and robes draped along the bodies of even the most heathenish of Hollywood icons will likely make their debuts on the red carpet. But before the communion of stars and style at the gala in May, take heed of these inventive reinterpretations of scenes from the New Testament, forbidden fruit, saintly relics and haloes, the biblical Madonna (and the IRL Madonna), and other decadent Catholic imagery, captured by W photographers.

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WALKER TIM

Tilda Swinton photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, March 2014.

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Steven Klein

Kate Moss photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, March 2012.

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Steven Klein

Kate Moss photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, March 2012.

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Pierpaolo Ferrari

Linda Evangelista photographed by Pierpaolo Ferrari for W Magazine, September 2012.

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Pierpaolo Ferrari

Linda Evangelista photographed by Pierpaolo Ferrari for W Magazine, September 2012.

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VANDERPERRE WILLY

Raquel Zimmermann photographed by Willy Vanderperre for W Magazine, June/July 2014.

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TIM WALKER

Photograph by Tim Walker for W Magazine, December/January 2017.

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Walker Tim

Kristen McMenamy photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, September 2012.

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Steven Klein

Madonna photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, March 2009.

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Steven Klein

Madonna photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, March 2009.

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STEVEN KLEIN

Jessica Chastain photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, November 2015.

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Mclellan Alasdair

Photograph by Alasdair McLellan for W Magazine, August 2012.

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Michael Thompson

Christy Turlington photographed by Michael Thompson for W Magazine, October 2008.

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Sims David

Photograph by David Sims for W Magazine, March 2008.

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Sims David

Photograph by David Sims for W Magazine, March 2008.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photograph by Mert + Marcus for W Magazine, February 2008.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photograph by Mert + Marcus for W Magazine, February 2008.