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Costume Institute Gala Event Coverage - The 'Wintour' Palace

Costume Institute Gala Event Coverage - The 'Wintour' Palace

By Marilyn KIRSCHNER, Editor-in-Chief |

[New York], May 9, 2014 - It's official. Anna Wintour has reached the Mt. Rushmore of Fashion: she is now immortalized.

There is no question that Anna has been preparing for this moment her whole professional life. And after a $40 million facelift (that took approximately three years), she is ready for her close up. And no, I'm not referring to Anna Wintour herself (though she IS looking especially refreshed these days - even foregoing her signature shades). I'm talking about the Anna Wintour Costume Center.
Costume Institute Gala Event Coverage - The 'Wintour' Palace
There are many 'Firsts' surrounding the Metropolitan Museum of Art's AWCC ( and its attending inaugural exhibition, Charles James: Beyond Fashion. Where to begin? It's the first time a First Lady has attended the traditional Monday morning press preview (yup, Michelle Obama was on hand, looking like the essence of Spring in a Naeem Khan embroidered green floral dress). But, then again, it was hardly your average garden variety press preview (unless you want to refer to it as a "Wintour Garden Variety"). It's the first time it was not just a press preview but a ribbon cutting, which explains WHY Mrs. Obama was there AND the unusual pomp and ceremony. Mrs. Obama not only cut the ribbon to officially open the Anna Wintour Costume Center, she also spoke at the ceremony (along with the museum's Director and CEO Thomas P. Campbell, Aerin Lauder, whose company, Aerin ,is sponsoring the exhibition, and Curator in Charge, Harold Koda).
The First Lady of the US Michelle Obama in a Naeem Khan embroidered green floral dress.
The First Lady of the US Michelle Obama in a Naeem Khan embroidered green floral dress.
Costume Institute Gala Event Coverage - The 'Wintour' Palace
Others in attendance at the glorious Temple of Dendur for the morning festivities (it was positively resplendent in Cherry Blossoms), were U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Not to mention what looked like a "who's who" of fashion. Designers from both the Old Guard and the New Guard mingled over coffee, fresh juice, croissants, and came to pay their proper respects (I half expected to see people kissing Anna's ring but thankfully, that did not happen). Everywhere I looked I saw Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Alexander Wang, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace, Zac Posen, Rodarte's Mulleavy Sisters, Gilles Mendel, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Olivier Theyskens. There were also plenty of Vogue and Conde Nast editors (Amy Astley, Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, Linda Wells) the full article at
Costume Institute Gala Event Coverage - The 'Wintour' Palace
Costume Institute Gala Event Coverage - The 'Wintour' Palace
Costume Institute Gala Event Coverage - The 'Wintour' Palace

DFR Daily Fashion Report by Marilyn KIRSCHNER
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