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Costume Institute Announces Superhero Exhibit, Gala Details

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute announced today that its 2008 spring exhibit will feature the iconic imagery of comic superheroes and explore its relationship to fashion. “Today, superhero imagery has suffused almost every aspect of popular culture,” Andrew Bolton, curator in the museum's Costume Institute, said in a release.

The big event news: Kicking off the exhibition on Monday, May 5, will be the museum's annual Costume Institute benefit gala. Giorgio Armani will serve as honorary chair, with George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Vogue's Anna Wintour as co-chairs. What has us curious is how the superhero theme will impact the decor of the black-tie benefit, which typically takes its cues from museum exhibitions. (See previous years' Anglomania, Dangerous Liaisons, and Paul Poiret-inspired motifs.)

Showcasing about 70 ensembles (from movie costumes to couture designs) arranged thematically, the exhibit will be underwritten by Giorgio Armani and is scheduled to run from May 7 through September 1.