All Saints Day
In 1578 word spread of the discovery in Rome of a network of underground tombs containing the remains of thousands of early Christian martyrs. Shortly thereafter, many of these saintly skeletons were removed from their resting place and sent to Catholic churches across Europe as replacement for holy relics destroyed during the Protestant Reformation. Once the remains were relocated, the skeletons were carefully reassembled and enshrined in costumes, wigs, jewels, crowns, gold lace, and armor - which serve as a physical reminders of the heavenly treasures that awaited in the afterlife.
Over the past few years, photographer Paul Koudounaris managed to gain unprecendented access in order to document many of these beautifully macabre shrines for the first time in history and compile a book, entitled Heavenly Bodies, scheduled for release early this month.
Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss by Juergen Teller