Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"American Woman" at the Costume Institute

I was invited this week to preview the new show "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity" at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Curated by Andrew Bolton, this show is the first at the Met to feature clothes from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection which transferred to the Met in 2009. It promised to show how American style developed from 1890 to 1940 by organizing eras into iconic archetypes like the Heiress, the Bohemian, the Flapper, and the Screen Siren. You might remember that I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology's recent exhibit on American style and its accompanying seminar, so I was looking forward to seeing this new show, made possible by support from the Gap and Conde Nast.

I thought you might enjoy a tour through it too so we videoed the visit on the Canon. TD came with me to be the camera man. You know that videos are new here at Bart Boehlert's Beautiful Things, and I think it's time for a video camera! Any recommendations would be appreciated. The galleries were a little dark, and the background noise is a little loud, but you'll get the idea here. Lean in and listen to what Anna Wintour has to say!


Unknown said...

Great interview and tour of this
great new exhibit--I can't wait to see it. Looking forward to more videos.

Madonna B said...

You interviewed knowledgeable and famous fashion experts, how wonderful for us. Looks like an exquisite show.! Thanks so much.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

All I want to see are Rita Lydig's shoes.

Bart Boehlert said...

Barbara and Madonna B - thanks for your comments.
AL - made out of ecclesiastical lace, they sound divine, no?

P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

I really enjoyed this tour, great work. Especially interesting the Harold Koda comments. thanks-pgt

Errant Aesthete said...


Bravo! How enterprising of you to conduct your own customized tour. I've always envied you your proximity to all the exhibits and shows and now you're bringing them to us.

Thank you for the experience.