NEW YORK — Today’s opening of "Blithe Spirit: The Windsor Set" marks associate curator Andrew Bolton’s maiden exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but it will also introduce another new face to the museum’s Costume Institute.

While they are expected to make a more formal debut at the Met’s upcoming "Goddess" exhibit, planned for April 2003, a new set of mannequins commissioned by the Met is also being used in the "Blithe Spirit" show. However, their faces have been partially obscured by thick white stockings, primarily because the exhibition’s subject matter refers to very specific personalities — the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Lady Mendl and Mona Bismarck — which are instead reflected by a series of wigs patterned from pictures and paintings of those subjects.

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