Met Costume Institute Renamed to The Anna Wintour Costume Center

By Alexis Galmin

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On May 8, The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute will re-open with a new name, The Anna Wintour Costume Center.

For those who do not know, Anna Wintour is the editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue, creative director of Condé Nast publications and the inspiration behind Meryl Streep’s character in the “Devil Wears Prada.” But aside from her career and reputation as the high priestess of the American fashion industry, Wintour has been the co-chair of the Met Gala since 1995 and a Met Trustee since 1999. As co-chair and fundraiser, Wintour has helped to raise $125 million for the Costume Institute. It’s no wonder they chose to rename a wing of the museum for such a benefactor as Ms. Wintour.

Thomas Campbell, the director and CEO of the Met, said in a statement, “Through her bold leadership at the helm of the annual Costume Institute Benefit plus other significant fundraising, Anna has helped us realize a place where The Costume Institute can move into the future with the latest technology for creating immersive, cutting-edge exhibitions, developing new techniques for object conservation, and designing a customized collection storage facility.”

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