by nycgo.com staff, 11/26/2013
"Charles James Ball Gowns" (1948). Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton/Vogue/Condé Nast Archive. © Condé Nast
Charles James: Beyond Fashion
May 8–August 10
To celebrate the reopening of the Costume Institute galleries after a two-year renovation, the Met honors the career of fashion icon Charles James with a show in the department's new halls as well as in special galleries on the museum's first floor. The exhibition focuses on his design process, which involved sculpture, science and math and allowed him to cross the boundary from fashion to art in creating his ball gowns. Among the 100 pieces on display are sketches, pattern pieces, swatches and unfinished works taken from his last studio in the Chelsea Hotel.