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 fall and continue through the spring, 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 ($8,752 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $5,000 ($3,820 is tax deductible)

For more information, please contact Laura Scognamiglio at 212-570-3822 or Laura.Scognamiglio@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, b. 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)

Art Up Close—Drawings and Works on Paper
October 8, 2015 | [For Supporting and Sustaining Members] Fee: $150 per person
Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom
October 8, 2015 | [For Supporting, Sustaining, Friend, Family/Dual, Individual, and Associate Members] Free with Museum Membership
Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom
October 8, 2015 | [For Sustaining Members] Free with Museum Membership

Last updated: Wednesday, October 7