The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala Exhibit Opens



Every year the infamous Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts a gala for the fashion industry, entitled The Costume Institute Gala. Last night the gala was at the museum in New York City and was attended by  fashion designers, celebrities, socialites and models and anyone lucky enough to be invited.

The night signified the opening of a new exhibit in the museum featuring a different aspect of fashion each year. This year’s event and exhibit was entitled The Model as a Muse: Embodying Fashion.


Anna Wintour at the Gala

Anna Wintour at the Gala

The gala was hosted by the designer Mark Jacobs, model Kate Moss, singer Justin Timberlake and the Editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour.


The exhibit features “80 masterworks of haute couture and ready-to-wear. Fashion editorial, advertising, and runway photography plus large- scale projections from feature films are used throughout the galleries to contextualize the fashion zeitgeist,” according to the Met’s press release.

“The exhibition examines a timeline of fashion from 1947 to 1997 through the idealized aesthetic of the fashion model,” said Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “We look at the power of clothing, fashion photography, and the model to project the look of an era. With a mere gesture, a truly stellar model can sum up the attitude of her time – becoming not only a muse to designers or photographers, but a muse to a generation.” 

The exhibit will be open to the public from May 6, 2009 through August 9, 2009.


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