Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates fashion designer Charles James

One of the most eagerly awaited fashion exhibitions scheduled for 2014 is, without a doubt, ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’, which will be open to the public between 8 May and 10 August at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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

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