This past spring, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the return of its annual gala and exhibition with a theme honoring American fashion. “We very consciously wanted this to be a celebration of the American fashion community, which suffered so much during the pandemic,” curator Andrew Bolton told the New York Times.
And while a long list of designers will be fêted at the museum this fall, the fact remains that the American fashion community consists of much more than its brand names. A label is nothing without the people who cut, drape, and sew its clothes, workers who are as vital to a garment’s creation as the name on its tag. Ahead of this year’s event, the Cut met with six of them to talk about creating American couture, Fashion Week rituals, and the work that goes into those outrageous Met Gala gowns.
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