Fashion. Feminism. Forgotten.
American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity
May 5 – August 15
Fifth Ave. at 82nd St., New York, N.Y.
The exhibit, opening today, explores developing views of the modern American woman from the 50-year period of 1890 to 1940 and how they shaped the way people see American women today. It focuses on the types of American femininity that mirrored women’s social, political and sexual emancipation.
Organized around six American “identities”—the heiress, the Gibson Girl, the bohemian, the suffragette and the patriot, the flapper, and the screen siren, there is, ironically, one striking omission — the working-class girl, the one who has fought for her place in the social strata rather than inheriting or marrying it.
Which are you?
UPDATE: Just learned that my fellow blogger, Bart Boehlert, of BB’s Beautiful Things, took viewers on a tour of the exhibit that you won’t want to miss. He even managed to snatch a few moments with famed editor, Anna Wintour. See it here.
J. C. Leyendecker (American, 1874–1951)
Courtesy Archives of American Illustrators Gallery NYC and National Museum of American Illustration, Newport RI
Cover for Collier’s magazine, 1907 Oil on canvas