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Friends of The Costume Institute

Inaugurated in the fall of 2002, Friends of The Costume Institute is an invited group of supporters who fund the department's acquisition, conservation, exhibition, and publications programs. Beginning each fall and continuing through spring, Friends are invited to private events including behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive receptions with curators, designers, and key figures in fashion and design. A May event honors our spring exhibition.

Annual dues: $10,000 ($8,636 is tax deductible)

Under-40 annual dues: $5,000 ($3,712 is tax deductible)

For more information, please contact Laura Scognamiglio at 212-570-3822 or

Highlights of Past Events

  • Exclusive first look and walkthrough of the exhibition Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion
  • Salon-style talk on fashion and street style: Garance Doré, Billy Farrell, and Leandra Medine, in conversation with Instagram's Eva Chen, on creating and capturing iconic street style moments
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of The Costume Institute's world-renowned collection
  • Evening receptions with special guest designers, including Olivier Rousteing and Alexander Wang
  • Private screening of Andrew Rossi's The First Monday in May, a documentary about the spring 2015 Costume Institute exhibition and gala