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DRESS CODE: Gap may be underwriting the “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity” spring exhibit at the Costume Institute, but don’t expect the legions of celebrities and socialites to go casual in iconic Gap garb for the gala to kick off the show. Gap designer Patrick Robinson, who is a co-chair of the evening alongside Oprah Winfrey and Anna Wintour, disclosed on Tuesday that Gap will be working with several CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designers to create special gowns for the night, including Thakoon Panichgul, Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy and the most recent winner Sophie Theallet. “Gap is really celebrating American fashion, so it was important to embrace the stars of fashion today,” Robinson said at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Tuesday, where he was previewing details of the exhibit with Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. “I need to still find somebody to dress me, though,” Robinson added.
The show, to be located in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall on the museum’s second floor, will be housed in a special, Nathan Crowley installation of seven circular rooms, each picking up a theme from “The Heiress” to “Gibson Girls,” “Flappers” and “Screen Sirens.” It culminates in a room with projections of American women, past and present, which could range from the Williams sisters, who embody American athleticism, to Grace Kelly and Gwyneth Paltrow, who represent the classical American beauty ideal.