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Chic Gifts: Spotlight on The Costume Institute

Fashionably late on your holiday shopping?

Shop a few of our favorite fashion-inspired gifts derived from The Met’s renowned Costume Institute collection, and don’t forget to select express shipping to be sure your gifts arrive on time and in style this year.


Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People. $50.00

Give them insider access of the first order with Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People. Covering The Costume Institute’s history and highlighting exhibitions of the 21st century curated by Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton, this beautiful book is an inspired accent for the home or office of any fashionista. Anchored by photo­graphs of the exhibitions in tandem with the Vogue fashion shoots they inspired, it also includes behind-the-scenes party photos from the galas. Drawn from the extensive Vogue archives, the featured stories showcase the photographs of icons such as Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, and Craig McDean; the vision of legendary Vogue editors like Grace Coddington and Tonne Goodman; and the knowledge and wit of writers such as Hamish Bowles and Jonathan Van Meter.


The First Monday in May DVD. $26.98

Take a peek behind the velvet ropes (from the comfort of home!) with The First Monday in May DVD. The 2016 documentary film explores the intersection of fine art, high fashion, and celebrity. Featuring Anna Wintour, Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine and longtime chair of The Met Gala, and Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, the film chronicles the creation of the extraordinary exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass and the 2015 Met Gala popularly known as the Party of the Year.


Alexander McQueen Lacy Skulls Scarf. $385.00

For your friend who has seen it all, give them something they’ll find only at The Met. Created exclusively for The Met Store in celebration of The Costume Institute exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, our Alexander McQueen Lacy Skulls Scarf features one of the designer’s most celebrated motifs rendered in a delicate lace pattern. Inspired by a look from the designer’s spring/summer 2012 collection, this piece is perfectly suited for styles ranging from daring to feminine.


2016 Shoe Ornament Set. $150.00

Her closet is already bursting, so this year, adorn her tree instead of her toes. Each year, we release exclusive miniature collectible shoe ornaments inspired by outstanding examples of shoe design from the collection of The Costume Institute at The Met. After the holidays, these pint-sized treasures display beautifully just about anywhere. Our 2016 Shoe Ornaments are also available individually, by clicking here. 


Austrian Deco Beaded Clutch. $225.00

Gift something graphic. Our Austrian Deco Beaded Clutch is based on an original design from The Costume Institute collection created in 1923. Evoking the glamour of the Art Deco period which rose to popularity in the 1920s, this elegant piece feels uniquely modern more than ninety years later.

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