Costume Institute announces spring exhibit

By Andrea Kiliany Thatcher on October 29th, 2008 0 comments yet. Be the First


The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the details of its spring exhibit: “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion.”

The exhibit is the occasion for the famous Costume Institute Gala, so we can surely expect tons of supermodels on the red carpet.

The show will explore fashion, and the changing ideals of beauty that accompanied the time periods of the 20th century, from Marion Morehouse to Lisa Fonssagrives, Peggy Moffitt, Iman, Nadja Auermann and Gisele Bündchen.

“In every period, high fashion is presented and made desirable by a handful of models who capture in their beauty the ideals of the day,” said Harold Koda, curator in charge of The Costume Institute.

As for the gala, Marc Jacobs will serve as the night’s honorary chair, alongside co-chairs Kate Moss, Justin Timberlake and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour.

“The idea of muses or models, whether it is someone you know or someone you have seen in an image, someone of your imagination or a creature of your own invention, is important to every designer and every collection,” Jacobs told WWD. “I hate talking about inspiration, but everyone needs a catalyst. We look at this person, this model, this muse, and we design for her.”

The exhibit will feature some 70 haute couture and ready-to-wear looks alongside photography, runway images and video footage of models, rock stars, socialites and actresses who set the tone for each era.


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