Hamish Bowles Chronicles The Costume Institute


When The Costume Institute announces the subject of its next big spring exhibition, all eyes will be on Anna Wintour and Vogue to throw the most fashionable fete imaginable to coincide with it. And while we’ve become experts at assessing whether or not guests are dressed according to the theme, there’s more to the event than what so-and-so is wearing. Certainly, there’s a whole history behind this fashion phenomenon.

Recognizing that fact, Vogue’s Hamish Bowles wrote a book called Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People. Published by Abrams, the book begins with “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years” in 2001 and runs through “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” which is currently on show. The book will be available beginning September 23 for $50.

Bowles populated the book with Vogue archives like photographs by Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Craig McDean and Mario Testino. Filled with Vogue shoots as well as gala snaps, the book documents the famed Met Gala in every facet, making it a piece of fashion history, as opposed to just a source of entertainment. Chloe Malle edited the book, which boasts a foeward by the Met’s director, Thomas P. Campbell and an introduction by the one and only Anna Wintour. How’s that for an addition to your coffee table?