Charles James: Beyond Fashion

May 8 – August 10, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fifth Ave. at 82nd St. (5 Av/82 St)
Manhattan, NY 10028


To celebrate the reopening of the Costume Institute Galleries after a two-year renovation, the Met celebrates the career of fashion icon Charles James with a show in the New Costume Institute as well as special exhibition galleries on the first floor.

The exhibit focuses on his design process, which involved sculpture, science and math and allowed him to cross the boundary from fashion to artist in creating his ball gowns. Among the 100 pieces that make up the exhibit are sketches, pattern pieces, swatches, ephemera, and partially completed works from his last studio in the Chelsea Hotel. For more information, visit

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