The Met salutes "the world's most famous
fashion clothes horse" as it presents a collection
of over 75 ensembles from the revered
US fashion icon, Nan Kempner.
A true arbiter of style, over five decades the
New York socialite amassed what is rumored
to be the world's largest private couture collection,
including 250 pieces from Yves Saint
Laurent, who once decreed Kempner as "la
plus chic du monde," as well as pieces from
contemporary couturiers such as John
Galliano for Dior. Garnering much praise from
her contemporaries, Kempner was the subject
of Diana Vreeland's famous quip: "There's no
such thing as a chic American woman... The
one exception is Nan Kempner." It's unlikely
that many of the museum's fashion-conscious
visitors will agree, but one thing is clear:
though she passed away at the age of 74 last
year, Nan Kempner still remains a benchmark
of style and social grace.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nan Kempner: American Chic
Through to March 4, 2007
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028-0198
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