Saturday, May 10, 2008

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Actual costumes, like the suit worn by Robert Downey, Jr. in "Iron Man" and Tobey Maguire's "Spider-Man," are intermingled with looks that range from haute couture gowns by Jean Paul Gaultier or Armani to fetishistic looks by Thierry Mugler and Dolce & Gabanna to extreme avant-garde fashion by Gareth Pugh or As Four.

In some cases, designs in the exhibit are influenced by a particular superhero, like John Galliano's Wonder Woman-like ensembles for Christian Dior haute couture. Another design, a gown with embroidered spider webs from a 1990 collection by Armani, was displayed alongside a costume from "Spider-Man 3," though Armani told reporters that Spider-Man was far from his mind when he designed it.

"I am known for designing fashion that is worn everyday," said Giorgio Armani, who said in a speech during a press conference on Monday that he was surprised he'd been chosen as the primary exhibit sponsor. "But the contrast of this exhibit with the name of Armani, I think it's something quite special."

The exhibit will be open at the Met in New York throughout the summer, until September 1.