|Charles James Butterfly Gown, 1954|
Coinciding with the opening of the museum’s newly renovated Costume Institute galleries, the display intends to examine the career of the influential twentieth-century fashion designer by exploring his design process and production methods. To his end, the curatorial focus was on displaying James’s explorations of innovative tailoring and sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches that underpinned the creation of his innovative ready-to-wear and couture garments and influenced subsequent generations of designers. On display will be approximately 100 of the designs produced by James from the beginning of his career in London in the late 1920s, throughout his periods in Paris and New York, and until his death in 1978.
|Charles James Ball Gowns, 1948|
|Nancy James in Charles James Swan Gown, 1955|
|Austine Hearst in Charles James Clover Leaf Gown, ca. 1953|
|Charles James, 1952 (photograph by Michael A. Vaccaro)|
Photographs courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art