On May 5, 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of The Costume Institute's Anna Wintour Costume Center and its inaugural exhibition, Charles James: Beyond Fashion.
First Lady Michelle Obama
Thomas P. Campbell, Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Anna Wintour, Artistic Director, Condé Nast; Editor-in-Chief, Vogue
Emily K. Rafferty, President, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The exhibition is made possible by AERIN.
Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.
The Anna Wintour Costume Center opens to the public on May 8, 2014, after an overall two-year renovation, reconfiguration, and updating. The 4,200-square-foot main Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery features a flexible design that lends itself to frequent transformation, a zonal sound system, innovative projection technology, and wireless connectivity.
The Anna Wintour Costume Center also includes: the Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery, which will orient visitors to The Costume Institute's exhibitions and holdings; a state-of-the-art costume conservation center; an expanded study and storage facility that houses the combined holdings of the Met and the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection; and the Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library, one of the world's foremost fashion libraries. The project is funded by a $10 million gift from Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, proceeds raised at the annual Costume Institute Benefit under the leadership of Met Trustee Anna Wintour, and from commitments by Janet and Howard Kagan and the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Inc. The Costume Institute was last refurbished in 1992.