07/27/2010 08:10 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Photos From 'American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity' Exhibit at the Met

WHO: Charles Frederick Worth, Callot Soeurs, Gabrielle Chanel, and more

WHAT: American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

WHEN: May 5th - August 15th, 2010

WHERE: Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, second floor

American Woman

WHY: The spring 2010 exhibition organized by The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the first drawn from the newly established Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Met. The exhibition explores developing perceptions of the modern American woman from the 1890s to the 1940s, and how they have affected the way American women are seen today. Focusing on archetypes of American femininity through dress, the exhibition reveals how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sartorial emancipation. Early mass-media representations of American women established the fundamental characteristics of American style -- a theme explored via a multimedia installation in the final gallery.