Costume Craze: The Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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On Monday night, fashions best and brightest will gather at the annual Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hosted by Oprah Winfrey, Patrick Robinson of the Gap, and Anna Wintour of Vogue, we can hardly wait to see who dresses whom.

If patience isn’t your strongest virtue, we have a sneak peek at the evening’s confirmed designer/model/celebrity pairings.

Stefano Pilati—designer of Yves Saint Laurent—will arrive with January Jones on his arm, while Tommy and Dee Hilfiger will bring Christina Hendricks. Michael Kors is expected to host Brooke Shields, Diane Lane, Carolyn Murphy, Natasha Poly, and Chanel Iman, while Ralph and Ricky Lauren are bringing Taylor Swift, Jessica Biel, and Justin Timberlake. Melania Trump has chosen Christian Siriano to dress her stating, “I wanted to have a fierce dress to wear.”

Gap, who is sponsoring the exhibit, is collaborating with several young designers on eveningwear for the occasion. M.I.A. and Zoë Kravitz are expected to come in Alexander Wang for Gap; Kirsten Dunst and Jamie Bochert are wearing Rodarte for Gap; Kerry Washington and Riley Keough will don Thakoon for Gap; and, finally, Jessica Alba and Vera Farmiga have chosen Sophie Theallet for Gap. If any of these eight dresses suit your taste, Gap will be offering them in a silent auction at from May 4 to 31. Proceeds from the sale of these creations will benefit the Costume Institute, and they can be seen up-close at the Gap pop-up store at 680 Fifth Avenue. If these designer styles are not in your budget, the shop will also be selling special Gap t-shirts inspired by the themes in the Costume Institute exhibit.

The theme for this year’s much anticipated exhibition is American Women: Fashioning a National Identity. Taking a close look at American women from 1890 to 1940, the exhibition will use resources from the newly established Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Met. Andrew Bolton is curating with the support of Harold Koda and production designer Nathan Crowley. The exhibition will run from May 5 to August 15.


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