The 2009 Costume Institute Gala, themed "Model as Muse," is shrouded in more mystery than ever, with the organizers enforcing confidentiality agreements upon the designers and the beauties they will dress.
Even though tables sales are significantly down this year, sponsor Marc Jacobs will command a sizable chunk, with the designer's fiancé Lorenzo Martone "semi-hosting" a table of his own. Jacobs will dress fellow host Kate Moss in a Marc Jacobs confections while Madonna (the current Louis Vuitton campaign model) and Kerry Washington will wear Louis Vuitton. "How did you hear that?" Washington replied at last week's Chanel dinner for the Tribeca Film Festival.
Calvin Klein Collection is one of the few American
houses that will host its own table this year. The brand's women's
creative director Francisco Costa is rumored to be dressing Halle Berry, while men's creative director Italo Zucchelli is suspected to outfit Berry's beau (and Calvin Klein model) Gabriel Aubry. Lagerfeld favorite Diane Kruger and her date, Joshua Jackson, will appear as guests of Chanel. Gisele will attend the gala with John Galliano, while runway favorite Lily Donaldson will attend with Narciso Rodriguez.
Jason Wu earns another A-list fan; Jessica Alba will follow in the footsteps of Michelle Obama to wear one of his Smithsonian-worthy evening gowns. Kate and Laura Mulleavy will outfit Jessica Stam in a Rodarte confection. Brian Reyes will squire Ivanka Trump in one of his creations. Carol Alt will wear DSquared2. Derek Lam will attend the gala with newlyweds Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick as well as Liya Kebede.
Ciara will attend as a guest of new Pucci creative director Peter Dundas. Coco Rocha has partnered with Isaac Mizrahi. Arlenis Sosa and Daria Werbowy will appear as the guests of Lancôme. Brian Atwood has created a custom dress for Rachel Bilson, who will wear head-to-toe Bally. Model Lakshmi Menon will wear Rachel Roy, while Heidi Klum will walk up the stairs of the Met on the arm of Gilles Mendel. Lauren Hutton has recovered from a recent surfing injury and will indeed attend the gala with Michael Kors. Peter Som will accompany buzzed-about new model Anne Vyalitsyna.
Many models have been confirmed for the event, although it has not yet been decided who will dress
Natalia Vodianova, Claudia Schiffer, Agyness Deyn, Isabeli Fontana,
Lara Stone, Chanel Iman, Natasha Poly, Raquel Zimmermann, Sasha
Pivovarova, Jourdan Dunn, Hilary Rhoda, Caroline Trentini, Eva
Herzigova, Elizabeth Hurley, Carolyn Murphy, Hana Soukupova, Anja
Rubik, Anna Jagodzinska, Edita Vilkeviciute, Magdalena Frackowiak, Karolina Kurkova, Iman, Karlie Kloss, and Christy Turlington.
Adriana Lima was invited by Givenchy and might not be able to attend, but Mariacarla Boscono is expected to join Riccardo Tischi for the affair. As for those missing in action? Maria Sharapova politely declined invites from the second straight year as she is training for the French Open, and newly-minted Oscar winners Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz are not expected to join the festivities. Beyoncé's schedule is particularly tricky, since her "I Am" tour requires the star to perform in Rotterdam on May 3 and Paris on May 5.