Costume Institute Exhibit and Gala Will Focus on Models

By Michael O'Connell October 30, 2008, 12:53 PM EDT

A few details about next year's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition and opening gala emerged this week. WWD reported that “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion” will follow last year's superhero exhibit, and the subjects may closely resemble the gala's guest list.

The Costume Institute counts Iman, Gisele Bündchen, Twiggy, and Naomi Campbell on its long list of influential models who steered the course of fashion in the past 100 years. Images and video of them—along with other models, musicians, and actors—will be on display with the 70 selected looks. The exhibition opens May 6 and runs through August 9.

Planning for the Vogue-run opening gala is also under way. Marc Jacobs fills Giorgio Armani’s shoes as the next honorary chair, and perennial co-chair Anna Wintour will be joined by Kate Moss and Justin Timberlake. The gala is scheduled for Monday, May 4.

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