Costume Institute Becomes the Anna Wintour Costume Center

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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Yesterday, New York’s most powerful—and glamorous—reported to the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art as Anna Wintour and her extensive work for the Costume Institute were honored. First Lady Michelle Obama, the Met’s Director and CEO (and current AVENUE cover star) Thomas P. Campbell, Met President Emily Rafferty, and Constume Institute head Harold Koda, all joined Wintour on stage as the Costume Institute officially became the Anna Wintour Costume Center and museum VIPs got a sneak peak of the much-anticipated Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibition.

Wintour, the Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, came on board as a Trustee of the Met in January 1999. According to the Museum, she has since raised approximately $125 million for The Costume Institute. Including last night’s annual Costume Institute ball, she has co-chaired 16 benefits for the Institute and been a key fundraiser for the exhibitions. 

Also on-hand for the Costume Center ceremony were Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Ricardo Tisci, Zac Posen, Donatella Versace, Franca Sozzani, Giancarlo Giammetti, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Aerin Lauder, Oscar and Annette de la Renta, Sarah Jessica Parker, Donna Karan, Carolina Herrera, Catherine Martin and Baz Luhrmann, Reed Krakoff, Vera Wang, Alexander Wang, Billy Norwich, Iris Apfel, Bee Shaffer, Andrew Rosen, Andre Leon Talley, Lizzie Tisch, Hamish Bowles, Nancy Chilton, Mario Testino and many more.

Celebrities, movie stars and models later joined the festivities for the 2014 Met Gala.


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