There’s no doubt that Anna Wintour has made a significant mark on the world of fashion and now her name will be further linked to the glamorous industry. Planning to reopen in May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute will be renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center.
Ms. Wintour, the editor in chief of Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast, has been a Met trustee since 1999, raising about $125 million for the Costume Institute alone. Since 1995 she has presided over 15 benefits there, turning what was once just another fancy fund-raiser into a must-attend event that attracts fashion designers, actors and celebrities from around the world. [New York Times, Arts Beat]
The renovation of the center has been a two-year project costing almost $40 million dollars, an amount that was raised with the help of Wintour. It includes a “newly designed 4,200-square-foot main gallery; an updated costume conservation laboratory; and expanded study and storage facilities.”
The gallery will reopen on May 8th with an exhibition titled Charles James: Beyond Fashion which examines the career of “the legendary twentieth-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James.”