There are a slew of reality shows attempting to crown the next great supermodel, whose title was once held by the likes of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Linda Evangelista. But what these shows are really doing is churning out cloned beauties with zero charisma. So, what better time to relive the past than with The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion, which captures the essence of fashion models from the last half of the 20th century while delving into fashion photography, clothing, and the ways that the best models defined and inspired their respective generations—from the ’60s boho beauty of Veruschka to the ’90s skin-and-bones heroin chic of Kate Moss. Presented by Marc Jacobs and the Costume Institute, the exhibition features about 70 masterworks of haute couture and ready-to-wear through video footage, photography, and advertising

May 6-Aug. 9, 2009

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