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10 May, 23:00

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Clothing Collection

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Clothing Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most prestigious art museums in the world and houses the Costume Institute's clothing collection.

The Costume Institute has become a landmark center for the study and preservation of the history of clothing and fashion. Its collection today includes thousands of exhibits representing various eras, cultures and styles. From ancient and medieval clothing to modernism and postmodernism, every period of history is represented in the exhibition. From luxurious royal items to everyday wear of various social classes.
It also includes traditional costumes from all over the world, from kimonos and saris to kilts and sombreros. This allows museum visitors to delve into the diversity and beauty of world fashion.

Special attention is drawn to the exhibits of famous designers, which reflect the key moments of fashion history. From the elegant creations of Coco Chanel to the extravagant outfits of Alexander McQueen, the collection illustrates the influence of prominent designers on modern fashion and its development.
Since 1946, the Costume Institute has held an annual charity ball, the Met Gala. It happens twice a year, and each exhibition is dedicated to a certain designer or theme.

In 2008, the collection of American costume of the Brooklyn Museum, which was formed since 1903, joined the museum. At the time of the merger, the collection of the Institute of Costume consisted of about 31,000 exhibits.

Since 2014, the center has been named after Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and chairman of the annual Met Gala ball, organized by the institute since 1995. The director of the costume institute is Andrew Bolton.
The institute's most visited exhibition was China: Through the Looking Glass in 2015, dedicated to the influence of Chinese designers on the fashion and culture of the West; it was visited by 815,992 people; in second place - the 2011 exhibition Savage Beauty, dedicated to Alexander McQueen - it was visited by 661,509 people.

Thanks to the Costume Institute's Clothing Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, fashion becomes more accessible, the history of its development becomes more understandable, and fans of style can enjoy the greatness and diversity of this phenomenon.
Source: metmuseum.org

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