Fashion's big night in New York City

by Ondine Cohane

One of the main events for the month of May in Manhattan is the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual exhibit at the Costume Institute.

The party that jump starts the show, which runs from now until August 15th, is really the shindig of the New York social season with a guest list that includes the who's who of the celeb and fashion world and each dress on the red carpet is a sartorial dream. This year for example, Sienna Miller and Jude Law made their first public appearance together, Gisele showed off a rocking post baby body, and Katy Perry revealed a great deal of leg.

This year the presentation focuses on the role of fashion on the American Women particularly from 1890 to 1940 and how the mode of Stateside dress was influenced by the politics, social mores and sexual emancipation of the time. I think that the role of the Institute has been to make the Metropolitan less stuffy and more contemporary - past exhibits have included subjects like "Models as Muses" and "Superheroes: Fantasy and Fashion" - and although the subject matter may seem somewhat fluffy to some, they are usually a lot of fun especially for people with an keen interest in great clothes, design and the notion of how fashion is influenced by greater cultural trends.

So if you are heading the the Met this summer head to the museum's second floor and take a look for yourself. No doubt there will be a frock or two that might tempt you.

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