Gap Designs Limited Edition Tees To Celebrate The Costume Institute’s 2010 Met Ball

May 3, 2010
By Sheryl Blasnik

American Woman Costume Institute Met Ball

This evening, May 3rd, 2010, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will honor “The American Woman” with a gala event deemed the” Oscars of the East Coast”.  Celebrity stylists, make-up artists and hair stylists are all on high alert.

This year the event will be co-hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Oprah Winfrey and Gap’s Executive Vice President of Global Design, Patrick Robinson.

To celebrate Gap’s sponsorship and tie-in to the new exhibit, American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity, Designer Patrick Robinson will team up with young designers Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Thakoon and Sophie Theallet to design gowns to be worn by celebrities attending the gala.  These gowns will be auctioned off with proceeds going towards The Costume Institute.  In addition to the gowns, Gap has been given the opportunity to design a limited collection of tees that are based upon the fundamental archetypes of the American Woman.

These archetypes of American femininity include the “Heiress” and the “Gibson Girl” (1890s), the “Bohemian” (early 1900s), the “Suffragist” and “Patriot” (1910s), the “Flappers” (1920s) and the “Screen Siren” (1930s).

These limited-edition tees are for sale both online and in select stores.  The tees retail for $34.50 and $44.50.  In New York City they may be purchased at the following stores:

17th and Fifth Ave.

42nd & Broadway

54th and 5th Ave.

59th and Lexington

They are also available online by visiting

The Norman Rockwell Celebration Tee above is available exclusively at the Metropolitan Museum gift shop.

American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity exhibit at the Met’s Costume Institute runs from May 5th to August 15th, 2010.

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Sheryl Blasnik


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