The Met Museum's Costume Institute will be renamed for Vogue's Anna Wintour
That's not the only change coming to the Costume Institute: It's getting a massive revamp in addition to a new name
Wed Jan 15 2014
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
It wasn't enough for Anna Wintour to be both the editor-in-chief of Vogue and the artistic director of Condé Nast. Now the British editrix can also add museum bigwig to her résumé, as the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute will soon be renamed for Wintour.
Yesterday the Met announced that when its Costume Institute—home to such exhibits as 2013's "Punk: Chaos to Couture" and 2011's blockbuster Alexander McQueen retrospective—reopens this spring after extensive renovations, it will be officially renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center. The Vogue ed is no slouch when it comes to fund-raising for the institution: According to the Met, in addition to working on galas and getting sponsorships, Wintour has helped bring approximately $125 million to the museum.
The revamp, meanwhile, which has reportedly cost nearly $40 million, will include a 4,200-square-foot gallery, a costume conservation laboratory, a library and a study/storage facility. The first exhibit in the new space, "Charles James: Beyond Fashion," will open May 8, and will provide the inspiration for the 2014 Met Gala.
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