Costume Institute’s Fall 2016 Exhibition to Focus on Recently Collected Masterworks

The Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s The Costume Institute‘s Fall 2016 exhibition, Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion, on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center from November 8, 2016, through February 5, 2017, will feature significant acquisitions of the past 10 years. The show, curated by Assistant Curator Jessica Regan with support from Curator in Charge Andrew Bolton, will explore how the department has honed its collecting strategy to amass masterworks of the highest aesthetic and technical quality, including iconic works by designers who have changed the course of fashion history and advanced fashion as an art form.the met's logo

Our mission is to present fashion as a living art that interprets history, becomes part of the historical process, and inspires subsequent art,” said Mr. Bolton. “Over the seven decades since The Costume Institute became part of The Met in 1946, our collecting strategy has shifted from creating a collection of Western high fashion that is encyclopedic in breadth to one focused on acquiring a body of masterworks.”

The exhibition will highlight approximately 60 of these masterworks from the early 18th century to the present, which The Costume Institute has acquired since its last acquisitions show, blog.mode: addressing fashion, in 2007. 

The main Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery will be organized chronologically with ensembles shown in packing crates and on palettes, as though they have just arrived at The Met. Each object—primarily women’s wear, as well as some men’s wear ensembles and a selection of accessories—will be accompanied by an in-depth explanation of its significance within the canon of fashion history. Some newly acquired objects will be paired with pieces already in the collection to illustrate the enduring influence of certain master couturiers and iconic historical silhouettes. A recently acquired John Galliano for Maison Margiela dress from 2015 will be paired with a Cristobal Balenciaga gown from 1964. A Halston evening gown from the 1980s, new to the collection, will be juxtaposed with a Vionnet gown from the 1930s.

The Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery will feature some of the ensembles donated by designers in honor of Harold Koda upon his retirement as Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute in January 2016. 

While fashion is often derided for its ephemerality, its quick responsiveness to change ensures that it is an immediate expression of the spirit of its time—a vivid reflection of social, cultural, and political circumstances, and of shifting ideals of beauty,” said Ms. Regan. “The masterworks we’ve chosen to highlight are among many we have collected in the past decade that draw on forms, motifs, and themes of the past, reinterpreting fashion history in ways that resonate in the present.”

Designers in the exhibition will include Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Geoffrey Beene, Thom Browne, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Antonio del Castillo (Lanvin-Castillo), Hussein Chalayan, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano (John Galliano and Maison Margiela), Nicolas Ghesquière (Balenciaga), Halston, Charles James, Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), Karl Lagerfeld (House of Chanel), Jeanne Lanvin, Christian Louboutin, Maison Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Paul Poiret, Zandra Rhodes, Yves Saint Laurent (House of Dior), Elsa Schiaparelli, Raf Simons (House of Dior), Hedi Slimane (Saint Laurent), Noritaka Tatehana, Philip Treacy, Iris van Herpen, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (Viktor & Rolf), Gianni Versace, Madeleine Vionnet, Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren (Let it Rock), Jean-Philippe Worth (House of Worth), and Yohji Yamamoto.

The exhibition will be featured on the Museum’s website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #FashionMasterworks.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Embarks on 7TH Annual LifeRide for amfAR

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Maintaining its long-standing tradition of supporting HIV/AIDS charities, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care, is pleased to announce its continued partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the seventh annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR.LIFERIDE2016_LOGO_MASTER_80_SM01 large

Inspired by a Kiehl’s icon – the motorcycle – a spirit of adventure and philanthropic heritage, the seventh annual LifeRide continues the brand’s mission to heighten awareness and raise funds for amfAR. Beginning in Kiehl’s hometown of New York City and ending in Philadelphia, this 11-day, multi-stop charity motorcycle ride takes place August 3-13, 2016.

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In celebration of the 7th Annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR, Kiehl’s Since 1851 offers a Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, a jumbo size of the company’s classic formula and customer favorite. 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from the sale of this product, up to $25,000, will benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. The Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve will be available in a specially designed 7.8.oz size, and is adorned with a red cap. It is $28.50 at Kiehl’s retail stores and specialty store partners nationwide, and at (PRNewsFoto/Kiehl’s Since 1851)

In conjunction with this year’s ride, Kiehl’s is pleased to announce a new public service announcement campaign “The Cure Is In Your Hands,” featuring Whoopi Goldberg and Dita Von Teese, the biggest name in burlesque in the world. This PSA partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will raise awareness for HIV/AIDS statistics in the U.S.dt_LR2016_exp_cure (1)_Fotor

Both women have generously supported amfAR initiatives throughout the years and will appear in print visuals and a special video. Also appearing in the video are four real people openly living with HIV including Regan Hofmann, UNAIDS Officer and amfAR Trustee. The full video can be found here:

Kiehl’s will donate a total of $150,000 to amfAR over the course of the ride, which rallies with the public at 10 store stops along the route. At each stop, the public will be invited to meet the riders, learn more about amfAR and contribute to the non-profit.

Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA and Kevin Robert Frost, CEO, amfAR will lead this year’s group of influential riders, which include Anthony Carrino, TV host,  Kurt Yaeger, actor; Ben Cohen, rugby champion; Luke Wessman, tattoo artist; Gilles Marini, actor; Marcel Floruss, blogger; Grant Reynolds, actor; Milissa Sears, actor; Ian Bohen, actor; Nina Senicar, model; Jay Ellis, actor; Scott Patterson, actor; Josh Mario John, model;  Teddy Sears, actor and JR Bourne, actor. dt_LR2016_exp_support_main_Fotor

Key partners for the ride include Cadillac and global airline Delta. Additional support is provided by Greats Shoe Brand, Ray-Ban, Woolrich, Dockers and FIJI Water.

HARNESSING THE POWER OF ART TO BRIGHTEN LIVES: As a part of the New York kickoff of the ride, Kiehl’s is thrilled to join forces with artist José Parlá and RxArt to help brighten the lives of young people living with HIV/AIDS. On August 3rd, a new, original installation by Parlá will be unveiled at Incarnation Children’s Center (ICC). ICC is New York City’s only pediatric skilled nursing facility exclusively offering specialized care for children and adolescents living with HIV/AIDS. Currently, there are 21 residents, ages 9 to 21 years old, many of whom have grown up living at ICC.

Parlá, known for his vibrant and engaging work and public installations, has created a large-scale painting on an exterior wall of ICC’s roof terrace and new work that will be fabricated as wall coverings for some of ICC’s most-used living spaces: the dining room, the main hallway and multipurpose room. This unique installation aims to transform a sterile environment into one that provides light and hope to the residents.

To continue this spirit of local giving, for the first time ever, the ride will make donations to local organizations throughout the route with the goal of giving back to and uniting all the communities LifeRide touches.

Hartford: AIDS Connecticut,

Provincetown: AIDS Support Group Cape Cod,

Boston: AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts,

Philadelphia: Philadelphia Fight Community Health Centers,

JOIN THE RIDE!: In celebration of LifeRide, every customer who visits one of these stores on its event day will receive a 15% discount on all purchases, with the exception of charitable products and value sets. Kiehl’s will donate that 15% to amfAR, up to $125,000.

Kiehl’s will also offer a nationwide fundraising discount of 15% off all purchases with the exception of charitable products and value sets at remaining Kiehl’s retail stores nationwide and, Aug. 6 through Aug. 8. Kiehl’s will donate that 15% difference to amfAR, up to the $125,000 total donation.

Kiehl’s and amfAR invite all to be a part of this year’s ride. The public is welcome at the following store stops:


Kiehl’s at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 5th Ave. New York, NY, 12:30-1:30PM

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Flagship, 109 3rd Ave. New York, NY, 6-7PM


Kiehl’s Since 1851, Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Rd, Garden City, NY, 12-1PM


Kiehl’s Since 1851, Westfarms, 1500 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT, 12-1PM


Kiehl’s Since 1851, 200 Commercial St, Unit A, Provincetown, MA, 11AM-12PM


Kiehl’s Since 1851, 112 Newbury St, Boston, MA 11AM-12PM

Kiehl’s Since 1851, Burlington Mall, 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 1-2PM


Kiehl’s at Neiman Marcus, King of Prussia, 170 N Gulph Rd, King of Prussia, PA, 11AM-12PM

Kiehl’s Since 1851, King of Prussia, 160 N Gulph Rd, King of Prussia, PA, 1-2PM

LIFERIDE FINALE! Kiehl’s Since 1851, The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA, 3-4PM

Kiehl’s customers nationwide can join the fight against HIV/AIDS through the purchase of Kiehl’s Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, a jumbo-size of the brand’s classic formula. 100% of net profits from the sale of this product, up to $25,000, will benefit amfAR. The Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is adorned with a red cap and will be available for $28.50 at all Kiehl’s retail stores, and specialty store partners nationwide.

EIGHTH CURE-RELATED GRANT: For the first time, Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR will fund a specific grant as a result of the ride: Satish Pillai, Ph.D., Associate Investigator at the Blood Systems Research Institute and Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine at UCSF. Dr. Pillai led research that demonstrated precisely how interferon, which is still used in combination with other drugs to treat hepatitis C, attacks HIV at the molecular level within the living. The discovery advanced efforts to enhance the body’s defense mechanisms, especially its production of restriction factors that potently suppress HIV replication. This work led to his team’s recent discovery that interferon-mediated immune factors play an important role in determining the size of the latent HIV reservoir in HIV-infected individuals on antiretroviral therapy.

For more information on the research Dr. Pillai conducts, please view this video in which he explains his work in layman’s terms:

Together, from all of these elements, and with the help of friends, customers and riders, by the end of the seventh annual LifeRide for amfAR, Kiehl’s will have raised $1,600,000 for amfAR via motorcycle rides and event donations since 2010. Support the LifeRide…help amfAR make AIDS history.

To find out more about LifeRide, obtain a schedule of events, or get involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS, please visit