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Reading the mitre: behind the rise of popular Catholicism

From the Met Ball to Twitter, the renewed interest in faith is more than just a fashion moment

By Stephanie Boland  

Rihanna walking the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit. But why are there suddenly so many Catholics on Twitter? Photo: PA

Rihanna wore a mitre, Sarah Jessica Parker an entire nativity balanced on her head and Ariana Grande a dress printed with a fresco from the Sistine Chapel. This year, the theme of the Met Ball—the yearly fundraising Gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, overseen by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour—was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” and the outfits referenced…

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