The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Annual Gala took place on May 5, 2008. This years theme was super heros. Fashion and fantasy, an exhibition at the museum form May 6 through September 7. The exhibit will consist of couture and high performance sportswear to reveal how the super hero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion and it ability to empower and transform the body. Designers that are in the exhibition will include Atair, Giorgio Armani, Balenciaga, Pierre Cardin, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Eiko Ishioka, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Moschino, Thierry Mugler, Nike, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, Speedo, and many more.