Met’s Costume Institute Gala May Be Completely Changed by 2010

June 29, 2009 • Celebrity Style

Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour at the 2009 Met Costume Institute Gala

The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Met as it's known by elite and wannabes alike, has recently made plans to downsize. The movement has already gotten underway by layoffs and voluntary retirements totaling about 14 percent of the museum's total staff. But speculations are being made that the next item on the chopping block could be the highly esteemed, Vogue-sponsored Costume Institute Gala! The ostentatious affair has become known for boasting of-the-moment A-list celebrities resplendent in of-the-moment A-list designers and has been been dubbed in recent years as the "East Coast Oscars." This year's installment brought arguably one of the most memorable red carpets, with questionable couture that ran the gamut from sky high shoulders to crazy hemlines to rabbit ears. But whether the celebrity fashions are adored or abhorred, the gala itself has always been cherished by the fashion world. Even if the gala is not discontinued completely, chances are some significant changes will be in effect for next year.

One of the changes that has already occurred was the departure of Vogue's special events director Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. Wolkoff's role with the magazine comprised mostly of planning the Costume Institute Gala and her 11 year involvement with the event was a key component to it's growing success. She was the first to facilitate strategic negotiations to secure the purchase of tables and tickets
from the world's top fashion brands, evolving the gala from simple benefit to international glam fest. Her replacement, Sylvana Soto-Ward, comes from the magazine's accessories department, and has critics wondering if she will follow in her predecessor's Jimmy Choos, or carve out a new, less fanciful niche.

former special events director Stephanie Winston-Wolkoff

Museum insiders have reported that the reps for the Met have asked Vogue to organize a much more toned down affair for next year. It's possible that celebrities and designers will not only be privy to comped tables and tickets, they may not be invited at all! The insiders claim that the Met may prefer the gala's attendees to be a much more serious crowd of benefactors and trustees that are solely focused on helping the museum. But…where's the fun in that?!!

Vogue itself has been struggling this past year and may not even be up to the task. Last Wednesday, the magazine announced that it has sold 956 pages so far in 2009, down 32% in year-to-year sales. Elle, the title's biggest competitor, banked 970 pages—a 22% decline, but the first time the magazine has outsold Vogue in advertising pages.If these trends continue, Elle may be more fit for footing the bill for next year's seemingly bland Costume gala. All of a sudden, Rihanna's high-shouldered tuxedo is looking real good.

Just in case you forgot-Rihanna's infamously famous high shouldered Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo at the 2009 Met Costume Institute Gala

Article Source: Fashion Week Daily
Photo Source: eonline, daylife

-Alia Rajput

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