Thursday, October 4, 2018


Harlem Bespoke: Fashion afficionados who have not been to The Cloisters lately might want to head uptown to check out the sublime Heavenly Bodies exhibit.  The Met's most successful fashion presentation of all time has a few pieces at the main museum on the Upper West side but a large part of the gown collection is actually at The Cloisters.  Everything fits perfectly with the religious theme of the show which features the works of Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Valentino, Galliano and more within an authentic Gothic space.

Opened in 1938, this museum on the north end of Fort Tyron Park had been created by four original medieval cloisters sourced from churches in Europe.   Heavenly Bodies features fashions of the last century inspired by traditional religious costumes or iconography and the combination of these elements make for a spectacular presentation.  All of the original exhibit artwork and relics are also still intact within the museum so those visiting will basically see two shows.

Those with New York I.D. can get in on the pay-what-you-can plan and the A train to 190th Street is the best way to get to The Cloisters.  From the subway station, it is about a 10 minute walk through Fort Tyron Park but the scenic route is worth the effort.  In October, The Cloisters is open 7 days a week from 10:00AM to 5:15PM. 2018

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