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The Metropolitan Museum of Art has canceled an upcoming dinner on Wednesday, November 18 intended to honor French designer Jacqueline de Ribes in advance of the Costume Institute exhibit: "Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style."

Christian Dior CEO Sidney Toledano supported Campell's choice to ditch the formal dinner in the wake of the attacks on Paris last Friday, according to Womens Wear Daily. Instead, the Met will hold a private viewing of the exhibition followed by a cocktail hour with a business casual dress code.

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Harold Koda, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has announced his retirement. WWD reported on Tuesday that he plans to enter retirement early next year. 

"If there's anything, my greatest acquisition has been getting Andrew Bolton from the [Victoria and Albert Museum] and putting together all of these incredible things that people don't see. But they are as important than the more visible aspects of our department," Koda told the trade publication. He, Bolton and their 30-person team are currently working hard on the institution's upcoming Jacqueline de Ribes exhibition.

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As the oldest child of the Count and Countess Jean de Beaumont, Countess Jacqueline de Ribes grew up with the fortune her father had built for the Rivaud Group, which, founded in 1910, held interests in rubber, banana, and palm-oil plantations in Africa, Indonesia, and Indochina.

Lanky and graceful, de Ribes would go on to be compared by the designer Yves Saint Laurent to “an ivory unicorn,” be referred by the Prince Nicolas Dadeshkeliani as “the de Gaulle of fashion,” and be dubbed by Valentino as “The Last Queen of Paris.” In 1999, Jean Paul Gaultier even dedicated his haute couture collection to her by titling it “Divine Jacqueline.”

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