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2009 March 23

Not Just Costume Anymore...

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(NEW YORK) The fashion industry’s starriest base of the year--that's the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala, of course--is merely a month away. Already, rumors are swirling: Who will sit at the tables of co-chairs Marc Jacobs, Justin Timberlake and Kate Moss? How many stars will decamp to the East Coast? And of course, which fashion houses will dominate the best-dressed lists? This year’s theme, “Model as Muse,” is certainly less conducive to inventive dressing than last year’s "Superheroes" exhibit, but it seems that’s not the only major difference. The Daily has learned that the exhibit itself will be made up of photographs in addition to the 70 costumes. The supermodels of the ‘80s and ‘90s like Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Moss will be the exhibit’s main event, although images of models from as early as the ‘40s will also be a part of the show. One more incongruous element of this year’s show: the exhibit’s catalog’s author, Kohle Yohannon, is not even a curator of the Costume Institute, although he did work on the catalog with Harold Koda, curator-in-charge. The exhibition will be on display from May 6 to August 9, 2009.
EMILY GYBEN



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