“Model as Muse” was one of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute best exhibits to date. It was lively, energetic, informative, and entertaining all at the same time – certainly a tough act to follow. With the wrapping up of the model-themed exhibit, however, comes the beginning stages of the buzz for a new one – “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity,” which will explore fashion in the years between 1890 and 1940 and how the styles of that time period helped change the identity and perception of American women.
The exhibit will run from May 5th 2010 through August 15th 2010, and will mark the first Costume Institute exhibit based on the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection that was transferred to the Metropolitan Museum last January. The exhibit will take place in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition and will feature 75 pieces from the likes of Travis Banton, Callot Soeurs, Elizabeth Hawes, Madame Grès, Charles James, Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli, Valentina, Jean-Philippe Worth. and Charles Frederick Worth. The themes explored in the exhibit will will include “The Heiress” to “Gibson Girls,” “Bohemian,” “Suffragist,” “Flappers” and “Screen Sirens.”
Of course this exhibit will hit its peak of buzz worthiness when it is celebrated by the annual Costume Institute Gala Benefit, which will take place on May 3rd 2010. The co-chairs for the upcoming Met Ball will be Oprah Winfrey, Gap designer Patrick Robinson, and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.