The 2010 Met Ball only recently came and went, but already, we have cryptic hints of what next year's theme for the event will be. Yes, there's a super-elite committee - the Friends of the Costume Institute - who help plan the vibe for each year's Costume Institute Gala as long as a year in advance.
After honouring Andrew Bolton, the curator of the Met, at an annual dinner in LA last week, the Friends - plus the likes of the Rodarte girls and Monique L'huillier - apparently allowed one of their secrets to slip to WWD. Harold Koda, curator-in-charge of the Costume Institute, said only this: “It involves a lot of drunk Brits. You’ll want to wear something that you can lift your arms in, maybe show some cleavage.”
The themes Anglomania, Superheroes and Model as Muse already have been taken. What do you think the 2011 theme could be?
Undeniably, the sound of Sarah Jessica Parker's voice over much-loved episodes of Sex and the City is somewhat comforting to most women, and synonymous with the idea of the American woman - New York in particular. Therefore it only makes sense that Anna Wintour and her team at the Costume Institute had our very own Carrie in mind when considering who would narrate The Met's 'American Woman' exhibition.
Parker recorded the narration for the exhibition on Tuesday, which will feature women's clothing from 1890 to 1940, including fashion movements such as the screen sirens, Gibson girls and bohemians - and who should know better about travelling the decades of style than SJP. "Because of Sex and the City, she is so much associated with New York and America, and with using fashion as a way to shape identity", Andrew Bolton, Costume Institute curator told WWD. 'American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity' will open May 5.