Welcome to the Anna Wintour Costume Center!
Editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue, Condé Nast art director and Trustee of the MET since 1999, Anna Wintour, has been volunteering and sacrificing her time for the grace and glory of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for nearly two decades. She was sort of a saint patron of the fashion wing of the Met. Ms.Wintour is also one of the organizers of the annual Costume Institute Gala. The new “Anna Wintour Costume Center” emerges as the crowning end result of a long series of renovation works that have completely redesigned the shape and structure of the fashion dimension of the Met by applying cutting-edge artistic technology and setting a new benchmark in terms of museum management. The new Anna Wintour Costume Center will boast of a main gallery of about 390 square meters with a special space for storage of clothes, new and expanded stores and research labs.
On 5 May 2014, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art will officially open its new “Anna Wintour Costume Center”. The First Lady, Michelle Obama will be the patron of the event and will cut the ceremonial ribbon. The First Lady and the Vogue Editor-in-Chief have been close friends for years. Anna Wintour supports the U.S. President Barack Obama politically, and she featured his wife twice on the cover of Vogue.
The reopening of the Fashion Institute also marks the beginning of the exhibition “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”.
Defined, almost universally the first and only American couturier, Charles James, British by birth but American by adoption, can rightly be considered a fashion designer/architect. If only for his apprenticeship as a hatter, milliner, where he learned to work directly on the forms, or the head of the ladies. Similarly James knew how to build clothes directly on the body of women, thanks to expert calculations and geometric games in three dimensions, and could create evening gowns, from the Swan Clover leaf, from Butterfly Tree, which became an inspiration for prestigious successors as Christian Dior, who said he was indebted to James for his New Look.
Part of James magic is also the result of an equally great master of photography , Cecil Beaton , a close friend since the days of the school, who painted some of his creations for American Vogue in pictures of the most paradigmatic of an era and a society.
The exhibition will be the theme of the famous charity evening at the MET till 10th of August. It will be interesting to see how many celebrities and personalities will play dress code so strict as that imposed by a character so dedicated and caring.
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