It will be called “Charles James Beyond Fashion“, and is the inaugural exhibition at the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum, New York.
On display from May the 8th – during the New York Arts Week – until the 10th of August 2014, the exhibition focuses on the career of the legendary twentieth century couturier Charles James, who died in 1978 after a historic career. Visitors can see about 75 of James’s most notable designs realised during his professional life, starting from the nineteen twenties. Well worth a visit – it is a piece of twentieth century fashion history – are the ball gowns, the designs, sketches and pattern pieces.
With the eye of a sculptor and a scientific rationale, James was primarily an artist able to explore the complexity and to evolve the work of the designer to levels never seen before. An emotional, but also a scientific, genius of fashion – the process of its creation was a synthesis of design, art, maths and science – who dreamed of making his work a point of reference for the students of tomorrow.
The opening night and the fundraiser will be on May the 5th, in the presence of a jet-set worthy of the name: from Aerin Lauder to Bradley Cooper, from Oscar de la Renta to Sarah Jessica Parker, and, of course, Anna Wintour herself.
The Anna Wintour Costume Center has also been designed to accommodate a cultural center of the history of costume, with pieces from the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection and the Irene Lewisohn Library.