Met’s Costume Institute to Celebrate ‘Model as Muse’

This year, it was superheroes; next year, models—spindly superheroes of fashion—will be the focus of the spring exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute, the museum announced today. Slated to open next May, “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion” will explore the relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty through the iconic fashion models of the 20th century. “We look at the power of clothing, fashion photography, and the model to project the look of an era,” said Costume Institute curator Harold Koda in a press release. “With a mere gesture, or the line of her body, a truly stellar model can sum up the attitude of her time, creating an alluring synergy between herself and the clothing to communicate a designer’s message to the wider world.”

It’s great news for Kate Moss, who will co-chair the May 4 gala benefit with Justin Timberlake, Vogue editrix Anna Wintour, and honorary chair Marc Jacobs. The exhibition will also present quite the cross-selling opportunity for writer Michael Gross, whose much anticipated tell-all book about the Met—Rogues’ Gallery: The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money that Made the Metropolitan Museum—is slated for publication a few days after “The Model as Muse” gala opening. As you may recall, Gross is also the author of the definitive history of the modeling world, the 1995 bestseller Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women.