On May 4, 2009 The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted its annual Costume Institute Gala, this year celebrating the models who not only posed and strutted in the clothes, but who often inspired the designers who created them.
The star-studded event was hosted by this year’s honorary chairperson, Marc Jacobs, and co-chairs Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss and Anna Win tour. The exhibition, which opens May 6, explores the relationship between designers and their muses while exploring the timeline of fashion from 1947 to 1997.
The annual gala serves as the main fundraising event for the institute and finances the exhibitions and other costs of the institute. The exhibition contains more than 80 pieces of haute couture as well as ready to wear in addition to photographs, advertisements and videos to put the exhibit into context.
Celebrities graced the red carpet in a wide variety of fashions, from Rhianna’s tux to Mary Kate Olsen’s vintage Lacroix gown to Madonna’s whacky hat, proving that money and good taste are not mutually exclusive. There were some lovely gowns however, such as Anne Hathaway’s beautiful amethyst mini dress by Marc Jacobs. Renee Zellweger looked lovely in an olive green gown as did Katy Perry in a royal blue, figure hugger. Kate Beckinsale looked amazing in her black ball gown, which quite possibly could have won the award for the largest gown of the night and Liv Tyler was a vision of old Hollywood glamour in blue.
The Costume Institutes exhibition at the Met is open now and will run through August 9, 2009.