Last week was the opening of the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy exhibition at the Fashion Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The original Catwoman latex costume that Michelle Pfeiffer made famous in Batman Returns is part of the exhibit. Syren Latex made the costume back in the day and was asked to piece together the original costume for the show. The original costume had not been taken care of properly and had mostly disintegrated. So it was up to Jeff at Syren to assemble the original parts with new latex elements to make a proper costume for the exhibition. Jeff even brought on board my longtime friend Molly (formerly of So Hip It Hurts Latex) to help out on the hood portion of the costume. Since I work with Stockroom (who owns Syren), I had the chance to witness and document firsthand the restoration of this iconic piece of fetish fashion.
All the ripped parts of the costume were individually molded pieces of rubber which were then attached to the costume surface.
Detailed shot of one of the 'ripped' appliqués and a guide to show where each piece was to be attached.
Molly and Jeff after completing the costume for the exhibition.
Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
Metropolitan Museum of Art - Fashion Institute
May 7, 2008–September 1, 2008
Special Exhibition Galleries, 1st floor