• MAY 07, 2014
  • MARY LIKES
  • Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the MET

The theme of this years MET Gala, Charles James is one of the most renowned couturiers of the 20th Century. The new exhibition at the Anna Wintour Costume Institute in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a tribute to his work, ivory silk satin ball gowns sit alongside intricate dresses like the Ribbon Gown, little wrap “Taxi” dresses, and the voluminous “Tree” dress created for socialite Marietta Tree. Even pieces from James's early career as a milliner are on display. Rotating X-rays, developed by architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, as well as original sketches and references, allow the viewer to thoroughly examine the inner workings of many of James’ painstakingly created works. For James, even the most resolved idea was always a work in progress. Diana Vreeland once said that James would rather keep working on a gown than have to see it going to a party - now all his dresses will attend the ball together. The exhibition will run from the 8th of May until the 10th of August.

Must See: The massive re-creation of a James gown made with thousands of fresh flowers in the atrium of the museum.