Charles James, America’s premier couturier who was known for his scientific and mathematical approach to fashion, will be the centerpiece of the Costume Institute spring exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition, “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” shows hundreds of his pieces and runs from May 8 to August 10.
Beyond fashion, the name of the exhibition was born from an idea of James himself, who used it as provisional title of his autobiography. The designer felt that his researches stretched beyond fashion, and wanted to show it.
““He really is a one-of-a-kind designer,” said Harold Koda, curator in charge of the Costume Institute. “Even if you look through the history of French haute couture and all the English couture designers, James stands out as a very idiosyncratic personality and artist and one of the few designers who, in his own lifetime, felt that his work transcended the medium.”
Thus the exhibition’s title…
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