Gilded Era Books, fes­ti­vals, and ex­hi­bi­tions for the art en­thu­si­ast

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In an era where women wore larger-than-life ball gowns decked in vel­vet and lus­cious silk, Charles James was the one most women turned to. Ded­i­cated to the famed cou­turier, the mon­u­men­tal ex­hi­bi­tion ‘Charles James: Be­yond Fash­ion’ ex­plores his de­sign process and unique use of sculp­tural, sci­en­tific, and math­e­mat­i­cal ap­proaches to con­struct rev­o­lu­tion­ary ball gowns.

“Charles James was a wildly idio­syn­cratic, emo­tion­ally fraught fash­ion ge­nius who was also com­mit­ted to teach­ing,” said Harold Koda, cu­ra­tor in charge of The Cos­tume In­sti­tute. “He dreamt that his per­sonal cre­ative evo­lu­tion and the con­tin­u­ous meta­mor­pho­sis of his de­signs would be pre­served.”

From the 1920s right up to his death in 1978, James’s breath­tak­ing cre­ations were worn by so­ci­ety swans such as Aus­tine Hearst and Mil­li­cent Rogers. The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art has now aquired the most de­fin­i­tive body of the cou­turier’s work, and the most com­pre­hen­sive collection of a fash­ion de­signer’s work in any mu­seum. ‘Charles James: Be­yond Fash­ion’ is at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art in New York un­til Au­gust 10.


Charles James Ball Gowns, 1948, Ce­cil Beaton

Charles James With Model, 1948, Ce­cil Beaton

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