Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People Review


  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute exhibition is the most spectacular event of its kind. With subjects that both reflect the zeitgeist and contribute to its creation, each exhibi­tion—from 2005’s Chanel, to 2011’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and 2013’s Punk—creates a provocative and engaging narrative attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. The show’s opening-night gala, produced in collaboration with Vogue magazine and attended by the likes of Beyoncé, George Clooney, and Hillary Clinton, is regularly referred to as the Party of the Year.
    Covering the Costume Institute’s history and highlighting exhibitions of the 21st century curated by Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton, this book offers insider access of the first order. Anchored by photo­graphs from the exhibitions themselves in tandem with the Vogue fashion shoots they inspired, it also includes images of exhibited objects and party photos from the galas. Drawn from the extensive Vogue archives, the featured stories showcase the photographs of icons such as Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, and Craig McDean; the vision of legendary Vogue editors like Grace Coddington and Tonne Goodman; and the knowledge and wit of writers such as Hamish Bowles and Jonathan Van Meter.

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“Too many of the photos were postage stamp small, without giving much detail or story. The book leads you to believe that it’s a comprehensive compendium of high fashion styles and exhibitions, but the majority of the interesting pieces are crammed together on one page, too tiny for you to see the details. Disappointing.” By Ren

“Probably missed a few of the Metropolitan Museum’s costume exhibit, and this book enables you to take a glimpse of the parties that celebrated the openings of the exhibition and a good birds eye view of each of the Exhibit that they have done at the MET. Perhaps and only in my personal opinion, the best ones will be the exhibit on Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen. It was not only dazzling but a work of art that truly belongs in a Museum.” By K. Lipio

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Product Details

Author: Hamish Bowles
Kindle Price: Hardcover $33.44
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 23, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419714244
ISBN-13: 978-1419714245
Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.1 x 12 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars (67 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,786 in Books