Tuesday, September 8, 2009

THE MET AND MIDDLE AMERICA

NY Mag is reporting that Oprah Winfrew and Patrick Robinson will co-chair the 2010 Met Gala. This is quite a departure from last years 'Model As Muse' theme co-chaired by fashion elite Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs. Picking Oprah and Patrick Robinson (Gap's creative director) is an obvious signal that Anna Wintour needs an infusion of cash for the Gala. We all know how she feels about middle American - in a recent interview with 60 Minutes she said "I have just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as little houses." LOL! These choices both represent the core of middle America.

The theme will focus on "American Women: Fashioning a National Identity." and will look at "how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political and sexual emancipation." The best part is that all of the clothes on exhibit are coming from Brooklyn - say what?!?! Yup - the outfits ranging from high fashion to haute couture will come from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection. The collection includes some pieces designed by Coco Chanel, Madame Gres, Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine Vionnet and more.

It should be entertaining to see Anna go low fashion (is that even possible?) and the Gap go high fashion. It looks like the recession may have forced Anna to make Vogue more 'accessible'. The horror! I for one am eagerly awaiting next years event!

Source: NYMag.com - Getty Images, Patrick McMullan, Monica Arellano-Ongpin's Flickr

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