New York's Met Costume Institute Will Be Renamed for Anna Wintour
If there were ever any question that Vogue's editor-in-chief would go down in fashion history, those doubts can be laid to rest at last. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City announced it will be renaming its Costume Institute for Anna Wintour to honor the fashion icon. Following a remodel, the new Anna Wintour Costume Center — home to more than 35,000 costumes and accessories spanning seven centuries — will be unveiled this May.
Wintour has been a huge name in fashion since she took over the reins at Vogue magazine in 1988, but the latest Wintour-related announcement has undoubtedly secured her next-level status in the world of celebrity fashion. Having been involved with the Met since 1999, Wintour has hosted countless fundraisers for the museum, helping raise more than $125 million over the years — and that’s for the Costume Institute alone.
Wintour has also helped turn the annual Costume Institute Gala into a total (but must-attend) spectacle, drawing the biggest names in fashion and Hollywood to the yearly event that celebrates various fashion icons' famous collections. This year’s exhibit — which will take place in the newly minted Anna Wintour Costume Center, complete with a 4,200-square-foot gallery and new conservation laboratory — will celebrate famed couturier Charles James.
On her quest to fashion fame and general worldwide dominance, Wintour isn’t stopping with the namesake costume center. Starting January 22, Wintour will be starring in a new six-episode TV series on Ovation TV called The Fashion Fund. She'll will serve as a judge on the show, which gives viewers an inside look at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue Fashion Fund competition — joining famous designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Theory CEO Andrew Rosen, J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons, and more.
As if she needed any more power on top of all of this, Wintour was also named artistic director of Condé Nast last March after a series of shake-ups meant to revitalize the company’s magazines. In this role, she serves as a mentor of sorts for each publication, helping them get their act together and, now more than ever, pulling the puppet strings in the play known as fashion. Oh, and then there was that time she was considered to be one of President Obama's U.K. ambassadors. Talk about having a lot of irons in the fire.