Must Read: Andrew Bolton on the Marriage of Church and Fashion, Ssense Opens Flagship in Montréal

Plus, The RealReal delves into the beauty space.
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These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

Andrew Bolton on the marriage of church and fashion ahead of the Met Gala
We have exactly one week until a slew of stars mount the steps of the Met in all kinds of religious-inspired garb tied to this year's "Heavenly Bodies" exhibit. To get us ready for the upcoming event, The Guardian sat down with Andrew Bolton, the curator in chief of the Costume Institute, to discuss his own religious upbringing, the influence of Catholicism on designers and how the exhibition (which is the biggest and most expensive to date) will show the transformational links between church and fashion. {The Guardian

Ssense opens news flagship in Montréal
Ssense, the global fashion platform known for its unique retail mix and original, high-quality editorial content, is opening a flagship store in Montréal on May 3. The expansive five-story space will attempt to create a seamless interface from online to offline with an appointment-based personal shopping model facilitated through a proprietary interface and stylist app. {Fashionista Inbox} 

The RealReal delves into the beauty space 
You can now buy an Olio E Osso balm, in addition to a gently used Chanel bag, at The RealReal's retail outposts in Manhattan and Las Vegas. The luxury resale e-commerce site has quietly started selling a selection of clean beauty brands — from Pai Skincare to Cap Beauty —  at its brick-and-mortar stores. This dive into cosmetics adds The RealReal to a long list of apparel retailers who have recently rolled out beauty initiatives as a way to lure customers into physical stores. {WWD

Business of Fashion's latest issue is all about the age of influencers 
Business of Fashion's latest print edition has two covers: one with the ubiquitous face of Kim Kardashian West and another with Sinéad Burke, a lesser known three-and-a-half-foot tall activist for disabled people. Although vastly different, the two cover stars embody the social media age we live in, where anyone can attract a following, build a business, promote a product, advocate for a cause and effect change. {Business of Fashion

Inside the women-led Nike revolt
New reports by The New York Times, including interviews with more than 50 current and former employees and copies of human resource complaints, reveal how female staffers at Nike felt harassed, ignored and stymied in their careers by their male counterparts. Finally fed up, these women banded together to survey their female peers to see whether they had been victims of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. Their findings landed on the desk of Nike's chief executive, which led to the widely reported exit of at least six top male executives in the weeks that followed. {The New York Times

Supreme may be opening a store in San Francisco 
Supreme may touch down in San Francisco next, according to a community meeting invitation shared on Instagram by @dystant. The invitation, captured by the Supreme spies at Highsnobiety, reads: "You can meet our team, learn more about Supreme and our products, view our renderings and ask questions about us and this exciting project." Supreme has yet to confirm the rumors, but if they are true, then this would be the brand's sixth retail location in the U.S. {Highsnobiety

China's textile and clothing industry faces numerous challenges
China's textile and apparel markers are undergoing a difficult industrial restructuring. The country still stands as the world's largest clothing exporter with an impressive production capacity, but rising labor costs, increased global protectionism and oversupply, are causing brands to look outside of China for products. {South China Morning Post

Gucci launches new social media project with 15 female artists 
On Monday, Gucci launched a social media campaign with 15 female artists for its new fragrance, Bloom Acqua di Fiori. Gucci tasked these women with creating illustrations and paintings inspired by the perfume, which is positioned as a fresh scent that celebrates female friendships and the metamorphosis a girl makes into becoming a woman and her authentic self. Paired with texts and poetry around the coming of age theme, their art will be featured on Gucci's Instagram account with the hashtags #AcquadiFiori and #InBloom. You can view artist Emma Allegretti's illustrations below. {Fashionista Inbox} 

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