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Dorian Leigh (fourth from left) and unidentified models in Charles James

The exhibition is made possible by Marc Jacobs.

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Special Exhibition: The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion

Program information

Isaac Mizrahi, fashion designer, talks with Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, and Kohle Yohannan, guest co-curator, about the 1995 documentary Unzipped. In the following excerpts from the conversation, Mizrahi talks about rallying his talent, his team, and his friends—the supermodels—early in his career. A video of the entire conversation is available on the Met's YouTube channel.

The Model as Muse

Embodying Fashion

May 6–August 9, 2009

Accompanied by a catalogue

Exploring the reciprocal relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty, The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion focuses on iconic models of the twentieth century and their roles in projecting, and sometimes inspiring, the fashion of their respective eras. The exhibition, organized by historical period from 1947 to 1997, features haute couture and ready-to-wear masterworks accompanied by fashion photography and video footage of models who epitomized their epochs.

See behind-the-scenes photos and gallery views on Flickr.


Left: Cecil Beaton (British, 1904–1980). Dorian Leigh (fourth from left) and unidentified models in Charles James, Vogue, June 1948. Courtesy of the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's. © Condé Nast Publications Inc.