Divine inspiration: how high church led to high fashion
Heavenly Bodies, the New York Met’s latest show, pairs the Catholic church with haute couture – and is set to be a sensation. The celebrated curator behind it explains why it all began in Blackburn
It’s a long way from the grey skies of Lancashire to the glitz and flashbulbs of the global fashion event of the year, the Gala at New York’s Metropolitan Museum. But when the world’s A-list fashionistas step out on its red carpet in a week’s time, they’ll be linked by an invisible thread to the mill town of Blackburn in the 1970s – and a Catholic schoolboy whose adolescence there was filled with the drama, the theatre and most of all the costumes of the church services at which he found himself.