American Woman

Tonight's annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitain Museum of Art celebrates the opening of this year’s Costume Institute Collection: "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity”, which will chronicle the evolution of fashion’s influence on American women from 1890 to 1940. The collection focuses on various iconic women in history and the fashions they inspired.



I love the celebration of American Fashion, as there are SO MANY amazingly talented young American designers today. Below are each of the various styles that will be highlighted, done "the Met way" and then "the Rent the Runway way." Enjoy — Derek


The Original Heiress: Consuelo Vanderbilt

The daughter of a railroad tycoon and a southern belle, Consuelo was the original socialite. Her mother was so obsessed with her daughter's posture that she made her wear a steel brace, resulting in Consuelo becoming famous for her "regal carriage."


The Met way:                                          The RTR way:



The Gibson Girl: Charles Dana Gibson

The It fashion illustrator of the Victorian Age, Gibson became famous for his drawings of a willowy, feminine young girl with a hint of mischief in her eye.


The Met way:                                             The RTR way:



The Original Bohemian: Rita Lydig

In 1905 not wearing a bustle was considered fashion suicide, but Rita refused to give in to fashion peer pressure.  A rebel who pioneered pants for women, she was also a shopaholic, sometimes purchasing 20 pieces of the same item.


The Met way:                                The RTR way: