Fashion and models have had an interesting long-term relationship throughout the last five decades. The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum in New York is glorifying this relationship through “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion” exhibit. The model timeline, which starts in 1947, does not only examine how these models influenced fashion. “We [looked] at the power of clothing, fashion photography and the model to project the look of an era,” explained Harold Koda, Curator in charge of the Costume Institute.

As the viewer winds through the exhibit, each era has its own room designed to reflect that particular decade. And to showcase each muse, the exhibit highlights each model and how they were discovered paired with spreads and covers where they were featured. Some the iconic models featured throughout are Suzy Parker, Twiggy, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. With over 80 couture and ready-to-wear pieces showcased, designers such as Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis and Louis Vuitton, Prada, Calvin Klein and Helmut Lang are represented here.

The exhibition, which was made possible by Marc Jacobs and Condé Nast, is also accompanied by a book, The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion, written by Curators Harold Koda and Kohle Yohanna. The exhibit will be showing through Aug. 9.

—Alexandra Gonzalez