George Clooney and Julia Roberts to Co-Chair Costume Institute Gala

George Clooney and Julia Roberts will co-chair the annual Costume Institute Ball on Monday, May 5, 2008. This year’s theme is “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy,” and is being underwritten by fashion designer (and Clooney friend) Giorgio Armani.

“In recent years, superheroes have reemerged in the forefront of popular culture, both through the renaissance of iconic comic book characters and also through iconic living individuals who have inspired us by their achievements,” Armani said. “It therefore struck me as a thoroughly modern and original theme for the Metropolitan Museum’s next Costume Institute exhibition, which will, I feel, appeal to a broad audience.

George Clooney and Jula Roberts

Roberts and Clooney

“I am also naturally delighted that my friends Julia Roberts and George Clooney, modern-day icons in their own right, have agreed to participate as co-chairs for the gala dinner,” he continued.The show will feature about 70 ensembles, from movie costumes to couture, and will feature designs by Jean Paul Gaultier, Martin Margiela, Balenciaga, Armani, Pierre Cardin, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Rudi Gernreich, and companies Nike and Speedo.

The exhibit runs from May 7 – September 1 at the Metropolitan Museum. Want a ticket to the gala? Good luck with that …

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