Fierce: Charles James Beyond Fashion

Charles James Exhibition

Fierce Fashion Alert: Charles James Exhibition

Coming up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a luscious show highlighting the fashions of Charles James. For all you fashionistas out there – this promises to be a luxurious time capsule of satin ball gowns, elegant design, vintage photography, sumptuous fabrics and classic Haute Couture. The incredible tableau photo (above, detail below) from vintage Vogue, by Cecil Beaton is to die for!

Charles James: Beyond Fashion

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

May 8th – August 10th, 2014

Eight models wearing Charles James gowns, in French & Company's eighteenth century French paneled room

A Dada-esque photo of the man himself, Charles James

A Dada-esque photo of the man himself, Charles James

The inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated Costume Institute will examine the career of the legendary twentieth-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906–1978). Charles James Beyond Fashion will explore James’s design process, focusing on his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today. Approximately seventy-five of James’s most notable designs will be presented, including sketches, pattern pieces, swatches, ephemera, and partially completed works from his last studio in New York City’s Chelsea Hotel.

Though he had no formal training, he is now regarded as one of the greatest designers in America to have worked in the tradition of the Haute Couture. His fascination with complex cut and seaming led to the creation of key design elements that he updated throughout his career: wrap-over trousers, figure-eight skirts, body-hugging sheaths, ribbon capes and dresses, spiral-cut garments, and poufs.  - Via The MET

Charles James Beyond Fashion



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