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Last night’s Glamour Women of the Year Awards had Carnegie Hall bursting with so much girl power, it’s amazing the place didn’t explode. Last night marked the awards’ 20th birthday, and the star-studded event certainly did that milestone justice.
Glamour’s annual Women of the Year Awards isn’t just a pat on the back to well-known women who make a difference when they write large checks. It’s a moment when the world takes notice of what women famous and not-so-famous have done not just for other women, but for the world at large.
Herein, we celebrate the most outrageous, show-stopping, and waggish of stage costumes. Thanks to artists like Liberace and David Bowie, our history of wearable spectacles stretches back to the era of glam and back to present day.
When it comes to fashion frontrunners, we’re used to seeing our French, Italian, and Russian neighbors top the best-dressed list. But this Monday, the American style-setter will get to enjoy the fashion spotlight, as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala celebrates this year’s exhibition, American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity. In honor of this glorious recognition from the Met, Condé Nast and the CFDA, we’re revisiting some of America’s most notable fashion moments with our picks for the biggest style game changers in American history.