This week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the much anticipated theme for the 2010 Costume Institute exhibition – American Women: Fashioning an Identity. The exhibition will run from May 5, 2010 to August 15, 2010. What is the relevance of this I hear you ask? Well, the annual Costume Institute Gala Benefit is the fashion party of the year, anyone who is anyone attends and the outfits are usually fabulous. The gala will take place at the museum on May 3 next year at the Met, and it will be hosted by Oprah Winfrey, Patrick Robinson of the Gap and Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue.
The influence of the exhibition and gala is understated but very much present. For example, last year’s theme was Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy and the sell-out superhero t-shirt by Luella showed that it had become more than just an exhibition but also a mini-trend.
I’m definitely looking forward to the exhibition as there have been so many American women over the years that are still influencing what we wear today. Icons that spring to mind are…