Costume Institute’s spring exhibit, "Superheroes:
Fashion and Fantasy," will offer a nod to those comic superstars and
others with a conceptual take on the relationship between them and
The exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum, open May 7 to September 1, will officially
kick off on May 5 with the traditional Costume Institute gala benefit.
Giorgio Armani will serve as the night’s honorary chair, with co-chairs
George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour.
recent years, superheroes have reemerged in the forefront of popular
culture, both through the renaissance of iconic comic book characters
and also through iconic living individuals who have inspired us by
their achievements," Armani said. "It therefore struck me as a
thoroughly modern and original theme for the Metropolitan Museum’s next
Costume Institute exhibition, which will, I feel, appeal to a broad
Armani is underwriting the exhibit, with additional support from Condé Nast.
According to WWD, the
show will feature about 70 ensembles, from movie costumes to couture
looks and high-performance apparel. Designers
and brands on show will include Jean Paul Gaultier, Martin Margiela,
Balenciaga, Armani, Pierre Cardin, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Rudi
Gernreich, Nike and Speedo.
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