THE MODEL AS A MUSE: EMBODYING FASHION
“The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion,” opening this month at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, explores 50 years of iconic fashions. The exhibition is designed by John Myhre and sponsored by Marc Jacobs.
It will explore the reciprocal relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty, focusing on iconic fashion models in the latter half of the 20th century and their roles in projecting, and sometimes inspiring, the fashion of their respective eras. The exhibition will be on view at the Metropolitan from May 6 through August 9, 2009.
“The exhibition will examine a timeline of fashion over the past 100 years through the paradigm 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, or the line of her body, a truly stellar model can sum up the attitude of her time, creating an alluring synergy between herself and the clothing to communicate a designer’s message to the wider world.”
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, the Museum’s Costume Institute Gala Benefit will take place on Monday, May 4, 2009. Marc Jacobs will serve as Honorary Chair of the Gala. Co-Chairs are Kate Moss, Justin Timberlake and Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue.
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