Last weekend, a good friend and I got our wine soaked selves up early for a little culture. American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity (1890-1940) was happening over at the MET. Since I was in the mood to play the part of a refined young woman that nibbled on croissants and regularly enjoyed the arts on Sunday mornings – we decided to check it out.
Through fashion we traveled over fifty years of social, political and sexual emancipation. Each decade had a theme:
- "Heiress” – think Rockefeller, and not Clark Rockefeller.
- “Gibson Girl” - think Gap girl – turn of the century style.
- “Bohemian” – think art patron, not Olsen twin.
- “Suffragists”- they wore clothes comfortable enough to vote for the first time in.
- “Flapper” – the ladies rocked bobs, beads, Benson and Hedges and bootleg gin.
- “Screen Sirens” – old Hollywood glamour
Clearly this wasn’t the MET staff’s first time at the rodeo. Right after they got us feeling all American and nostalgic, they tried to get us to spend a few George Washingtons. They had the “shop” part set up with a little section for each decade theme. It was like taking a myspace profile quiz – What Sex and the City character are you? You know the quiz you’d take and get Miranda, and you’d be pissed. So I beelined it for the flapper area hoping for a nice bottle of bathtub gin - they must have been sold out.