Model as Muse: A Sneak Preview of the Met Exhibit Opening Tomorrow

Supermodels (old and new) have ruled the glossies this past year, but their domination shan't stop there. In just a matter of hours, they'll be taking over the halls and the walls as the guests/muses of honor at the Met's annual Costume Institute Gala. And come tomorrow, the exhibit, titled Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion, will open to the public, showcasing a slew of iconic faces and ensembles dating from 1947-1997. But before you bound up those museum steps tomorrow morning, feast your eyes on some of the exhibit highlights after the break.

Above, from left: The early '90s anti-model look embodied: The room features photos of a heroin-chic Kate Moss, Meisel favorite Karen Elson, and the aristo-punk, Stella Tennant, all obviously set to Nirvana; The Youthquake embodied: We loved the look of the plastic wigs...So swinging sixties.
Above:The idea here is to express the transition from the excess of the Supers to minimalism by designers like Donna Karan, Prada, and Helmut Lang.
Above: Obviously, George Michael's model-y music video Freedom was playing on the big-screen...and yes, that mannequin is brandishing a broken champagne bottle.
Above: These glam ladies look like they were taken right out of Studio 54 or off the set of a Cher video.
Above, from left: Apparently the Golden Age of Couture had a lot in common with My Fair Lady; Despite nasty eyes from the cashier, we snapped this little collage in the gift shop when we finally finished strolling through 50 years of fashion history.

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