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01.15.14 12:35 AM ET
The Met Dedicates Costume Center to Anna Wintour
The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is getting a makeover. And, it includes iconic tastemaker Anna Wintour.
On Wednesday, the museum announced that, after a complete renovation, the Institute’s designated space inside the hallowed museum will be known as the Anna Wintour Costume Center.
“Anna Wintour’s extraordinary advocacy and fundraising have made this state-of-the-art space a reality,” Daniel Brodsky, the Museum’s Chairman, said.
The artistic director of Condé Nast and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue has helped raise $135 million for The Costume Institute since January 1999 as a Trustee of the Met. In doing so, Wintour has helped make exhibitions such as the wildly popular Alexander McQueen retrospective possible, as well as enable the two-year renovation of the space.
The Anna Wintour Costume Center will include a 4,200-square-foot main show room as well as a state-of-the-art costume conservation lab, and one of the world’s foremost fashion reference libraries.
The updated exhibition space reopens on May 8 with an inaugural exhibition of America’s first couturier, Charles James: Beyond Fashion. The retrospective will feature 100 of James’ most notable designs.