Exhibit highlights New York's fashion icons

September 17, 2010 3:07:13 PM PDT
Lena Horne, Brooke Astor, Gypsy Rose Lee-- their dresses are on display along with the gowns and jewels of dozens of other prominent women who call or called New York home throughout the last century.

The "Notorious and Notable: 20th Century Women of Style" exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York opened Tuesday during New York Fashion Week. It features the original fashion and accessories of many of society's glamorous elite.

The exhibition was curated by two women, Phyllis Magidson, who handled the fashions, and Judith Price, who handled the bling.

Some items are lavish, like Jacqueline Kennedy's handbag. Other pieces have a sense of humor. Some of looks were only made possible with the help of men's riches.

There is a great range, from Sunny Von Bulow's mini dress to Mrs. JP Morgan Jr's corseted dress.

Dancer Carmen De Lavallade's own husband Jeffrey Holder designed a dress on display with the Elizabethan-like collar, a regal quality shared by most of these women.

The exhibition, co-presented with the National Jewelry Institute, runs until January 3. For more information, visit www.mcny.org.