A DATE WITH NAN: After some speculation earlier this year, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art confirmed on Wednesday that it is planning an exhibit on the fashions of Nan Kempner, one of America’s most fashionable socialites, who died last year. “Nan Kempner: American Chic” is scheduled to open to the public on Dec. 12 and will run through March 4. Details of the show were not made available, except that it will showcase some of Kempner’s favorite pieces. The late social maven was a regular at the couture shows, and had a wardrobe filled with creations by Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Emanuel Ungaro, Tom Ford in his Gucci days and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Curators may still be rummaging through Kempner’s extensive wardrobe, but the Costume Institute already is rumored to be in talks for its next exhibit. A Costume Institute spokeswoman would not comment, but word is that the show will focus on the works of Paul Poiret.

This story first appeared in the July 20, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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