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Morning Musings (And Muses) At The Met

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“A good model can advance fashion ten years.” That was Marc Jacobs quoting Yves Saint Laurent this morning at the Met, where the designer, Vogue‘s Anna Wintour, the Costume Institute’s Harold Koda, and the museum’s new director, Thomas P. Campbell, were gathered for a press conference about the upcoming exhibition The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion. Mannequins from Dovima and Suzy Parker to Twiggy and Veruschka to Naomi, Christy, Linda, and Cindy will be represented in the show. But Jacobs, of course, was talking about Kate Moss, whose first New York runway appearance was his ground-breaking grunge collection of 1992 for Perry Ellis. “She gave a face to that time, as she’s come to define many moments since,” he said. As it turns out, though, it almost didn’t happen. We caught up with the designer on the museum’s steps, where he told us that Moss was so sick the day of his show, they had to arrange a special dressing room for her. “She didn’t want to let me down,” he said. “Even in pain, she stuck it out and did the show. It was something that brought us together.” Come May 4, they’ll be together again, along with Justin Timberlake (one of the evening’s co-hosts), at the Costume Institute’s Party of the Year. Start angling for your ticket now.

Photo: Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh

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