'Heavenly Bodies' Was The Met's Most-Visited Exhibit Ever - Fashionista

'Heavenly Bodies' Was The Met's Most-Visited Exhibit Ever

The show surpassed its prior number-one, 1978's "Treasures of Tutankhamun," by more than 298,000 people.
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A Givenchy dress on display at The Met's "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" Costume Institute exhibit. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

A Givenchy dress on display at The Met's "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" Costume Institute exhibit. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

If you paid a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2018 Costume Institute exhibit, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," since it opened on May 10 (and closed on Oct. 8), you weren't alone. About as far from alone as possible, actually. On Thursday, The Met announced that the show — its largest-ever exhibit to date, physically — is also officially its most-visited. Spread out across both The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters, "Heavenly Bodies" clocked 1,659,647 visitors, usurping The Met's prior number-one exhibit, 1978's "Treasures of Tutankhamun," which attracted 1,360,957 people. 

Per a release, that 1.6 million-visitor breakdown is as follows: More than 1.43 million people saw "Heavenly Bodies" at The Met Fifth Avenue, while another 228,737 did so at The Met Cloisters. To imbue "Heavenly Bodies" with some heavenly perspective, the previously most-visited Costume Institute show was 2015's "China: Through the Looking Glass," which saw 815,992 people — a whole 843,655 visitors fewer than that of "Heavenly Bodies." (The third most-visited, "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," saw 752,995 visitors; the fourth, 2011's "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," 661,509.) 

Congratulations to The Met for its new, godly record. And also to those of us who saw the exhibit for ourselves. We helped make history, folks.

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