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Anna Wintour's world domination continues. The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that the space occupying the Costume Institute, the home of blockbuster shows like Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and Punk: Chaos to Couture, will be renamed for the venerable Vogue editor-in-chief, according to WWD. Officially, it will be The Anna Wintour Costume Center.
"When you walk into The Costume Institute, you will see 'Anna Wintour Costume Center' in bold, bold letters above the staircase," said Thomas Campbell, the museum's director and CEO.
"It's a huge honor, and enormously humbling, to be given this recognition," Wintour said. "I so believe in the Costume Center and all that it brings to the museum and to the cultural life of New York City. I look forward to many more years of working together."
The name change signifies the museum's gratitude for the Condé Nast icon, who has chaired 15 Costume Institute benefits and raised $125 million for the department in two decades. She also played an "instrumental role" in the space's $40 million redesign that will be unveiled with the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit in May.
However, Campbell specified to the paper that this move does not mean Wintour will have an elevated role in the institute's operations. The name change only applies to the physical space, which include the exhibition galleries, library, research areas, conservation laboratory and offices. The curatorial department will still be called The Costume Institute.
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