Inside the 2012 Costume Institute Gala with Performances Vittorio Grigolo and Bruno Mars
NOSTALGIA: Inside the 2011 Costume Institute Gala
Photographed by Kevin Tachman
While it has been historically the hottest and most impossible-to-attain ticket in town, the Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be a little more accessible to you because for the first time the red carpet will be live streamed online on Monday, May 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m EST. The once-a-year event, which will be hosted by Elettra Wiedemann and Vogue’s William Norwich, will feature live interviews with the gala cochairs, including Carey Mulligan, Miuccia Prada, and Anna Wintour as well as with celebrities from the worlds of fashion, film, sports, business, and society (think Gisele and Tom, Rihanna, and Sarah Jessica Parker) as they make their way into the museum to tour this year’s sure-to-be-another-blockbuster exhibition, “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.” For those looking to take a more active part in the festivities, Wiedemann and Norwich will be taking questions from Twitter (#metquestions) for the attending guests and offer an inside look at getting ready for the big night on the Celebs on Facebook page (www.facebook.com/celebs). And, as always, once the night begins, only Vogue.com will be offering up-to-the-minute coverage and pictures from inside the “Party of the Year.”
The livestream will be available on Vogue.com.
Mrs. Reginald Fellowes (left) in Elsa Schiaparelli, 1933; Sienna Miller in Prada, Photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue, 2007
The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Wednesday that its spring 2012 exhibition, set to open on May 10, will be “Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion,” a fascinating exploration of these two Italian designers from two very different eras, in a format inspired by Miguel Covarrubias’s “Impossible Interviews” published in Vanity Fair in the 1930s. The exhibition, which will be curated by the Costume Institute’s curator in charge, Harold Koda, and curator, Andrew Bolton, will feature approximately 80 designs by Schiaparelli (1890–1973) from the late 1920s to the early 1950s and the work of Ms. Prada from the late 1980s to present. The grand unveiling will be preceded by the annual Costume Institute Benefit Gala, cochaired by actress Carey Mulligan, designer Miuccia Prada, and Anna Wintour, the Editor in Chief of Vogue. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, will serve as honorary chair. While the guest list for the party of the year is yet to be announced, Baz Luhrmann will be the exhibition and gala’s creative consultant. He will be joined by Nathan Crowley, who will serve as production designer, and Raúl Àvila, who has overseen the benefit’s magnificent decor since 2007.
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