Gap tees up for the American woman


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In an effort to make tonight’s Conde Nast prom (a.k.a. the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala Benefit) more accessible, Gap, the event’s sponsor, is selling T-shirts inspired by the fashion exhibit ‘American Woman: Fashioning A National Identity,’ which opens at the museum Wednesday, May 5.

The T-shirt designs are drawn from archetypes of American femininity from the 1890s to the 1940s, which are the organizing principle for the show. Above, left to right, are the Heiress T-shirt (back view), the Gibson Girl T-shirt and the Flapper T-shirt. Below, left to right, the Suffragist, Screen Siren and Patriot tees. Shirts are $34.50 to $44.50 at Gap stores and at


Which one is your favorite? I’m partial to the Gibson Girl.

--Booth Moore

Photos courtesy of the Gap.