If you live in New York or are over there before August 9, make sure you get down to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Models As Muse: Embodying Fashion exhibition.

Featuring photographs of the world's favourite faces from 1947 to 1997, this exhibition demonstrates how strong models can be in projecting and inspiring the styles of their time.

From icons such as Peggy Moffitt and Twiggy who characterised the 'Youthquake' of the sixties to the rise of the supermodel in the eighties – Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangalista – to Kate Moss who started the shift towards rebel chic in the nineties – each of these models have defined an era.

And as well as all the recognisable faces – Jerry Hall and Veruschka posing in seventies Yves Saint Laurent and Natalia Vodonvia in Louis Vuitton – the photographs of fifties models Suzy Parker and Dorian Leigh wearing Dior's New Look give you a real feel of the Golden Age of Haute Couture.

With photographs from Irving Penn, Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Meisel and Juergen Teller and clothing by Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armarni, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs to accompany it, this isn't an exhibition to miss!