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Metropolitan Museum Director Thomas Campbell, Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Director of the Met’s Costume Institute Andrew Bolton and Gap Executive Vice President of Design, Patrick Robinson.

The Costume Institute’s annual exhibit never fails to captivate; last year’s ‘Model As Muse’ was a stunning success and this time around the theme hits even closer to home. Saluting the fashion influence and cultural journey of women in the United States, the MET’s “American Women” exhibition is a true treat for anyone interested in fashion, history, or art.

Curated by Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda, the exhibition explores the way in which clothing shaped the American vision of womanhood. Using familiar archetypes; the Flapper, the Gibson Girl, the Heiress, the Screen Siren, as templates, the show takes viewers on a trip through the sartorial feel of the last century. Exquisite one of a kind pieces by Chanel, Lanvin and Vionnet are all on display, as well as notable costumes from films starring American icons like Katherine Hepburn and Jean Harlow.

While tonight’s Met Gala is sure to be the event of the season, this morning’s press preview had no shortage of star power. Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, the Gap’s Patrick Robinson and NY Times’ own Bill Cunningham, all came out to show support and take in the exhibition. (All pics by Betty for models.com)

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Hamish Bowles

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Julien d’Ys is back again creating his hair masterpieces for the Met.

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Capturing our favorite photographer, The NY Times’ elusive Mr. Bill Cunningham (who doesn’t look like he wants to be captured).

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Bill speaks to Anna.

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Patrick Robinson

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The era of the Heiress

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The Gibson Girl

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The Bohemian

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Detail on fabric

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The Patriot/Suffragist

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The Flapper

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One of the many incredible Julien d’Ys hair creations

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Screen Siren: Anna May Wong

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Screen Siren piece

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15 Comments

  1. Chungkit says:

    Ahhh. Can’t wait to see everyone’s looks on the red carpet!

    http://www.chungkitblog.wordpress.com

  2. NĂ¡dia says:

    Looks so beautiful so far! Can’t wait for the attending!

    http://myfashioninsider.blogspot.com/

  3. Marquis de Lannes says:
  4. Shin says:

    This is such an incredible exhibit! I was so impressed by the “Model as Muse” theme last year and they’re just getting better and better! I wish I could see the clothes in person but the photos look amazing too! It’s good to finally see the close up of Bill Cunningham!!

  5. PonyRyder says:

    favorite photo by far is the one called: The Patriot/Suffragist

  6. Joe says:

    Anna ,you tease

  7. dwane rich says:

    Love Anna Wintour’s Dress!!!!

  8. coco lee says:

    lovely photos

  9. AEBrowne says:

    Julien d’Ys’ re-creations of the classic gibson girl coiffure are just wonderful! They are tangled and messy, all while being restrained and well kept.

  10. alegra says:
  11. Davidoff says:

    I LOOVE Anna May Wong’s dress. Anyone know who the designer is?

  12. betty says:

    Davidoff:

    I remember checking and it wasn’t a “name” like Lanvin or Vionnet; it was probably a Hollywood designer from the time.

    Betty
    MDC

  13. Nigel S. says:

    Forever amazing and magical to see original garments from era’s past.
    Aside from the obvious aging, the craftsmanship of the pieces from such times are still amazing… the era of the Flapper/Jazz Deco …swooon..

    If I may; Anna May Wong’s dress, traditionally classified as a Cheongsam, was by Hollywood costumer Travis Banton.

  14. Lala says:

    Anna Wintour is an ethereal character.

  15. bao says:

    christy turlington was the mold for the mannequins faces atthe met in the 90′s.
    does anyone know who is it now?

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