Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People.
Abrams, September 23, $50.
Every year, one of the world’s most exclusive tickets is an invitation to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala. The glamorous affair—a major fundraiser for the Costume Institute—never fails to be awash with the year’s most sought-after A-list celebrities and top models who partner with the world’s best design houses to collectively play their part in the red-carpet display of spectacular haute couture.
Traditionally, Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor in chief and the artistic director for Condé Nast (Vogue’s publisher), has kept the ball’s guest list as exclusive as possible. For this year’s ball, for example, she reportedly raised ticket prices to $25,000 in order to keep the guest list and invitees as stellar as possible.
On September 23, publishing house Abrams will release Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People, a gorgeous, 272-page collection of the most stunning images from past balls and exhibits for fashion loyalists who are interested in getting a closer look at the gala and how it has evolved over time.
The beautiful coffee table book, penned by Vogue’s European editor-at-large, Hamish Bowles, and edited by Vogue’s social editor, Chloe Malle (with an introduction by Wintour and a foreword by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s director and CEO, Thomas P. Campbell),delves into the history of the Costume Institute and the fashion world’s “party of the year,” which dates back to 1948, when it was first thrown in the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Plaza. The book is filled with a plethora of exhibition and fashion-shoot photography from the likes of legendary names, including Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino.. Within it’s pages, readers will also uncover an in-depth exploration into the Institute’s more notable gala themes, such as 2005’s Chanel, 2011’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, 2013’s Punk, and even 2014’s Charles James.
A must-buy for all fashion and history lovers ; cruisers might even find inspiration for Celebrity’s formal-dress evening events. Starting Oct. 14, Celebrity Reflection guests can also shop for Kate Spade, Cole Haan and Furla onboard the ship for the first time and try to recreate their favorite looks.