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2010 Costume Institute Gala May Be With More Paying Trustee Attendees and Less Designers, Celebrities, and Models

>> In the wake of Stephanie Winston Wolkoff's resignation last week from her position as Vogue's director of special events — where she helped grow the Costume Institute Gala from a charity function to the "East Coast Oscars" — rumors about the fate of the Vogue-sponsored Costume Institute Gala continue to circulate, despite a denial of any changes from a museum spokesperson: "This is completely untrue, and Vogue's role is unchanged."

Sylvana Soto-Ward, who started at Vogue as Anna Wintour's assistant in 2003 and has recently been functioning as the magazine's accessories editor, inherited Winston Wolkoff's position earlier this week, the Costume Institute Gala planning and rumored slashed event budgets along with it.

Two insiders say: "The 2010 Costume Institute Gala will be a much less splashy affair" »

Fashion Week Daily reports on the current situation:

According to two well-placed insiders, one very closely involved with the Museum, the 2010 Costume Institute Gala will be a much less splashy affair — a move the museum is said to welcome. The guest list will consist mostly of trustees and benefactors who purchase full-priced tickets instead of the designers, models and Hollywood types who once sat at their comped tables.

FWD likened this possibility to what happened with the Young Collectors Council's Artist's Ball at the Guggenheim: "Once an elaborate, celebrity-studded gala sponsored by the likes of YSL, Armani and Chloe, was retired in favor of a small, press-free cocktail event strictly for YCC members and friends."  If this is the direction that "Anna's party" ends up taking next year, what a public defeat for Wintour.

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