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            Making Fashion History                                                                           

                                                                                                                        Maxine Carter-Lome
                  very year on the first Monday in May, every-  that also covered her face. Sarah
                  body who’s anybody in the world of fashion and   Jessica Parker in 2018 wore a gold   Maxine Carter-Lome
            Ecelebrity attends or watches on TV the famed       brocade dress with a flowing train                       Business Manager
                                                                                                                           Jeffrey Lome
            Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New   and a headpiece that held a nativity scene. In 2018,
            York City for what is referred to as the “Super Bowl of   actress Blake Lively wore a regal Versace gown that
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            celebrity red carpets.”                             featured a flowing train that took 600 hours to make.
                                                                                                                          Judy Gonyeau
               Known as “Fashion’s Biggest Night,” this high-      While these Red Carpet spectacles capture the
            profile megawatt event was introduced in 1948       paparazzi and the public’s attention, not everyone in
            by fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert (who is also   the fashion industry sees them as positive for fashion or   Art Director
            responsible for launching New York Fashion Week)    for the event. Clothing Designer Tom Ford is quoted      Lynn Cotterman
            as a way to raise money for The Costume Institute: a   as telling former New York Magazine editor Amy Odell
            collection of costumes that theater designers could look   for her upcoming biography on Anna Wintour that
            to for inspiration. Tickets for the first gala were fifty   The Met Gala had “turned into a costume party.”
                                                                                                                         Lynn Cotterman
            dollars each (compared to today’s over $30,000/ticket   “[The Gala] used to just be very chic people wearing
            price) and included a midnight supper.              very beautiful clothes going to an exhibition about the   Judy Gonyeau
               Since then, the benefit, which also marks the    18th century … You didn’t have to look like the 18th   Jill Montague-Kaitbenski
            opening of The Costume Institute’s annual exhibit, has   century, you didn’t have to dress like a hamburger,
            grown in size, scope, and profile, raising millions of   you didn’t have to arrive in a van where you were   508-347-1960
            dollars a year to fund the department's exhibitions,   standing up because you couldn’t sit down because you   Toll free:
            acquisitions, and capital improvements. In 2021, the   wore a chandelier.”
            gala raised a record-breaking $16.75 million!          This year’s theme for The Met Gala and subsequent     888-698-0734
               Over the first few decades, the Gala was one of   museum exhibition is,  In America: An Anthology of   Fax: 508-347-0911
            many annual benefits held for New York charitable   Fashion. The dress code for the May 2nd Gala was             Mailing:
            institutions. Accordingly, the attendees of the early   “Gilded Glamour,” which takes inspiration from The    P. O. Box 950
            galas were almost entirely members of New York high   Gilded Age in New York during the time period        Sturbridge, MA 01566
            society or the city’s fashion industry. That changed in   between 1870 to 1890.
            the 1970s when then  Vogue Editor-in-Chief Diana       The term “fashion” implies a look defined by
            Vreeland joined the Costume Institute as a consultant.   the fashion industry as that which is trending. To   UPS and FedEx
               From 1948 to 1971, the event was held at various   see what’s trending, generations of women have turned   Shipping Address:
            elite venues in New York City, including the Waldorf-  to the pages of  Vogue magazine for inspiration and     46 Hall Road
            Astoria, Central Park, and the Rainbow Room. It was   aspiration. In this issue, we explore Vogue’s 130-year   Sturbridge, MA 01566
            Vreeland, however, who was responsible for finding a   history and its role as the advocate and archivist of
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            permanent home for the annual gala at The Met.      modern American fashion. We also take a look at
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            Vreeland is also responsible for expanding the guest   American apparel company Carhartt, Inc., founded in   is published monthly in digital
            list to include such high-profile celebrities such as   1889 and known for heavy-duty working clothes.   and bi-monthly in print by
            Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Diana   And, we share the story behind the newest collection   Weathervane Enterprises, Inc.
            Ross, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Madonna, and       introduced by the House of iconic American Designer        46 Hall Road
            Cher, whose presence made the Gala one of the most   Ralph Lauren, which leads with a cultural fashion     Sturbridge MA 01566.
            important ‘must attend/must support’ charitable     reference to the dress at historically African American
            events of the fashion season and brought out        colleges in the 20th century.                         Periodicals postage paid at
            the paparazzi.                                         This year’s Met Gala theme,  In America: An            Sturbridge MA.
               In addition to who attends and what they wear, a   Anthology of Fashion, could not be better timed for
            main feature of The Met Gala is its annual theme,   this issue, as fashion exhibitions and retrospectives that  POSTMASTER:
            selected to coincide with The Met’s annual exhibition.   showcase American design and craftsmanship through   Send address changes to
            Expected participants start work on their outfits as   the centuries are opening this year across the country.   The Journal of Antiques
            soon as the year’s theme is announced, as a lot rides   Judy Gonyeau has comprised a list for you on page 30.   and Collectibles
            on fashion designers and the celebrities, industry     While fashion took a hit during COVID, with
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            influencers, and models they dress for this event. No   buyers shifting from high fashion to at-home leisure   P.O. Box 950
            expense or extravagance is spared for the occasion.   wear, and vintage rather than haute couture, the lights   Sturbridge, MA 01566
            Both artistry and daring are on display.            are up again along fashion’s most fashionable runways,
               It was  Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour,    and fashionistas across the country are excited to   The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles
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            who took over as host of The Met Gala in 1995, who   come out and play again to strut their stuff for   does not comply with our standards. The
            introduced the idea of the Gala theme. Over the years,   Instagram moments.                             Journal will not be liable for any errors or
                                                                                                                    omissions but will print a correction in the
            The Met Gala fashion has gone from simple but                                                           following issue if notification of such error is
            elegant evening gowns and “white ties” to bold and                                                      sent by the appropriate deadline. Original
                                                                                                                    manuscripts are welcomed by qualified
            elaborate costumes and looks designed and curated to                                                    writers. We assume no responsibility for loss
            attract media attention and make a statement. In 2019,                                                  of unsolicited material.
            Katy Perry dressed as a chandelier. In 2021, Kim    Maxine Carter-Lome, Publisher                             Copyright 2022
            Kardashian wore an all-black, head-to-toe bodysuit                                                            All rights reserved

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