Michelle Obama inaugurates new Met costume center

Published May 5, 2014 1:30PM (EDT)

First lady Michelle Obama  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
First lady Michelle Obama (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is expected at the Metropolitan Museum Monday for the opening of the museum's newly renovated costume center.

The first lady is scheduled to cut the ribbon on the new $40 million Anna Wintour Costume Center.

The center is named for Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

A new exhibit opens there Thursday featuring the work of Charles James. James, who died in 1978, is not widely known by the general public. But his glamorous, sculpted couture gowns were influential. His clients included Marlene Dietrich and Gypsy Rose Lee.

The first lady is known for her style and interest in fashion.

The museum hosts its annual gala ball for the Costume Institute Monday night. The event typically attracts numerous celebrities.

By Jocelyn Noveck

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