NEW YORK — It’s not the first time an editor, designer or movie star has been elevated to the level of a fashion god, but it’s surely the most specific: Anna Wintour is Athena, Tom Ford is Apollo and Nicole Kidman is Aphrodite.

As if it was Zeus himself casting this frieze, the sun broke over the penthouses along Central Park and suddenly illuminated the gallery of classical antiquities at the Metropolitan Museum of Art early Tuesday morning at the precise moment Harold Koda was speaking to a press corps about the divine attributes of the three individuals who are helping the museum’s Costume Institute realize its spring exhibition and gala, "Goddess." It was so early that Philippe de Montebello, the Met’s director, made a crack that the show should be called "Aurora," after the Roman goddess of dawn.

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