Monday, May 2, 2011

Costume Institute Gala

The Met's Costume Institute Gala is tonight.  I'm already excited for tomorrow's best and worst dressed slideshows - like this one from last year.  

Some great looks from year's past ...
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at the 1979 Costume Institute Gala

Princess Diana & Liz Tilberis, 1996
Liv Tyler, Kate Hudson, & Stella McCartney, 2009
The Costume Institute houses a collection of more than thirty-five thousand costumes and accessories spanning five continents and as many centuries. Among the preeminent institutions of its kind in the world, The Costume Institute began as the Museum of Costume Art, an independent entity formed in 1937 and led by Neighborhood Playhouse founder Irene Lewisohn. 
Each May, the annual Gala Benefit, its primary fund-raising event, celebrates the opening of the spring exhibition. Under the leadership of Honorary Trustee Anna Wintour (Editor-in-Chief of Vogue), who has been co-chair since 1995 (excluding 1996 and 1998), the gala has become one of the most visible and successful charity events, drawing a stellar list of attendees from the fashion, film, society, business, and music industries. The brainchild of publicity doyenne Eleanor Lambert, the benefit was introduced in 1948 as a midnight supper and dubbed "The Party of the Year." Co-chairs in past years have included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1977–1978) and Patricia Taylor Buckley (1979–1995).

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