Met Gala 2010: Celebrating the American Woman

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

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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.


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


Vogue editor Anna Wintour fancies the flapper era.



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May. 10 2010 09:31 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ

From a man's point of view, the Costume Institute has democratized the fashion industry and illustrated the refreshing wondrous manner in which woman's healthy independent resourceful confident modern love of life and freedom to express herself has come into its own "place in the sun." I LOVE IT!!
The romance of the knight in armor rescuing the damsel in distress is OK. The "Met" Museum has an epic sized knights in armor hall. But, many women today want to be independent and are full of self confidence to do what HAS to be done. Let us be aware that the day is coming when women will have the same pay and the same opportunities in the job market as men. That "Day" will be the beginning of the best days for both sexes!!!
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Wagnerian heldentenor, composer:"Shakespeare" & "The Political Shakespeare" and director, the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. Website:, where at "Recorded Selections" one may download 37 complete "Live from Carnegie Hall" selections from my 4 solo main hall concerts at Carnegie's Isaac Stern Auditorium.

May. 05 2010 01:11 PM

I am an American Woman, and I doubt I will see anything in this exhibition, and certainly not at the Gala, that in any way resembles me, my life, and the costume challenges I face every day. It's just another glorified excuse to get a bunch of overpriced dresses on overpaid celebrities to garner publicity--and I can't even tell what the cause is. Yawn.

May. 05 2010 08:25 AM

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