Officially, it’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit, a black-tie extravaganza normally held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute.
Unofficially, the night’s festivities have been called many things, including “the party of the year,” “the Oscars of the East Coast” (mostly because of the star quotient and the elaborate red carpet, where guests pose on the grand entrance stairs to the museum) and, somewhat pointedly, “an A.T.M. for the Met,” the last by the publicist Paul Wilmot.
The party signals the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual blockbuster show. This year’s exhibition is “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” which sounds kind of like Bruce Chatwin’s “In Patagonia,” but is actually Part One of a two-part mega-show/argument for the relevancy and power of American Fashion. (New York Times)
Source: New York Times
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