Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States, will attend the press launch of the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” on Monday.
The event serves as the official unveiling of the exhibition, which explores American fashion from the 19th to mid-20th century through one hundred garments in the period rooms of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The First Lady will deliver brief remarks and will be introduced by Costume Institute Library and Collections Intern Diana M. Montalvo.
The remarks program will also include Daniel H. Weiss, president and CEO of the Met; Max Hollein, the French director of Marina Kellen; Andrew Bolton, Wendy Yu curator in charge of The Costume Institute, and Sylvia Yount, Lawrence A. Fleischman curator in charge of The American Wing, as well as Eva Chen, vice president of fashion partnerships at Instagram. After the remarks, Biden will tour the exhibit with interns from the Met, as well as Bolton and Yount.
“It is an exceptional honor and privilege to welcome the First Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” said Weiss. “We look forward to acknowledging together the powerful ways art can teach us about our past, connect us to the present, and inspire a vision for the future.
Hollein added, “This is a particularly timely and relevant exhibit that explores under-recognized stories in American cultural history, offering broader ways to understand the past. We are thrilled to have Dr. Biden join us for this important moment.
“In America: An Anthology of Fashion” opens to the public on May 7. This is the second in a two-part exhibition, which opened in September 2021 with “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” Both will close on September 5, 2022.
The preview of the exhibition will be followed that evening by the Met Gala, which is the main source of funding for the Costume Institute. The exposure and benefit for The Costume Institute is made possible by Instagram, with additional support provided by Conde Nast.
While the First Lady’s office still refuses to discuss what Biden is wearing, she has been a champion of American designers since her husband, President Joe Biden, took office.
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