Friends of The Costume Institute


Friends of The Costume Institute is a select group of committed supporters devoted to historical costume, contemporary fashion, and the related design arts. Our private events begin each year in October and continue through May, and include special exhibition openings, informal discussions, tours, and luncheons with a diverse array of hosts, all designed to familiarize members with The Costume Institute's renowned collection. Events often have an informal, salon-like feel with an early evening reception at the Museum or special offsite location, followed by lively question-and-answer sessions. A May event honors our spring exhibition.

Annual dues: $10,000 ($9,145 is tax deductible)

Under-40 Annual dues: $5,000 ($4,209 is tax deductible)

For more information please contact Mark Joseph at 212-570-3908 or mark.joseph@metmuseum.org.

Highlights of Past Events

  • Private, curator-led opening-week exhibition tours
  • Discussion events, including Catherine Martin on her costumes for The Great Gatsby, Ellsworth Kelly on revisiting his iconic dress, and Tory Burch with Alina Cho on e-commerce
  • Evening receptions with special guest designers, including Riccardo Tisci, Miuccia Prada, and Sarah Burton

Above: Damian Hirst (British, born 1965). Dot Boot, 2002. Cotton, leather; Heel to Toe: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Catharine Breyer Van Bomel Foundation Fund, 2003 (2003.52a, b)

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Early American Guitars: Talk and Performance
April 23, 2014 | [For Family/Dual Members and above] Free with Museum Membership
Parent-Child Workshops (Ages 3–6): Session 4
April 25, 2014 | [For Family/Dual Members and above] Fee: $530 for the twelve-session semester
Parent-Child Workshops (Ages 3–6): Session 3
April 25, 2014 | [For Family/Dual Members and above] Fee: $530 for the twelve-session semester

Last updated: Saturday, April 19