The Met’s new show curated by The Costume Institute has only been open for a short spell, but judging from the crowds and press coverage the event has captured more imaginations than just Catholic ones. Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination explores how fashion has been influenced by religious imagery and the costumes worn through the centuries by the clergy and religious orders, but there’s far more going on here. The visitors at the Fifth Avenue Met and The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park are both awed and delighted at seeing fantastically garbed mannequins in the company of medieval sculptures, sarcophagi and tapestries. The art and architecture come alive with the unexpected appearance of richly and even eccentrically dressed figures. The haute couture costumes are given a setting and a context that enhances their dignity.