The Metropolitan Museum of Art Celebrates Us!

American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity is a must see exhibit.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Celebrates Us!

American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity is a must see exhibit.

-PJ Gach

Lucille Brokaw

American woman have always been strong individuals: breaking barriers in sports, politics, the arts and life. Perhaps we’ve always taken it for granted that American women can do anything. Now we run the Senate, win Olympic gold medals and Oscars for directing movies. To see how far we’ve come in society, we merely have to take a few steps into New York City’s Metropolitan Museum and view their latest exhibit American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity. This exhibit utilizes costumes from the newly established Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection. Wandering through the rooms of “Gibson Girls,” “Screen Sirens” and “Bohemians” – viewing the glorious fashion from 1890 to the early 40s, we see how American women took French designers like Madame Gres, Vionnet, Lanvin and the House of Worth, and made them uniquely American. Each room reflects how American fashion mirrored women’s growth and freedom in the social, political and sexual arenas. And they were always beautifully dressed!


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