Met Gala 2010: Celebrating the American Woman

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"The Oscars of the East Coast," is what Donatella Versace called Monday night's Costume Institute Gala Benefit event at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art -- and the event was certainly as glitzy as any Hollywood production. Stars in their fanciest fashions strolled down the red carpet to celebrate the Costume Institute's new exhibition, "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity."

The "American Woman" exhibition explores the style and identity of the modern woman from the 1890s to the 1940s, highlighting archetypes including the Heiress, Gibson Girl, Bohemian, Flapper, and Screen Siren. The exhibit opens to the public Wednesday, May 5, and runs through the summer.

WNYC hit the red carpet to ask attendees their favorite fashion periods in history.

Oprah Winfrey, one of the benefit's hostesses, describes what she felt walking through one part of the exhibit.

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Francisco Costa, the head designer at Calvin Klein affectionately remembers the '70s.

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Vogue editor Anna Wintour fancies the flapper era.

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