The Metropolitan Museum of Art offered a teaser of its upcoming show, Charles James – Beyond Fashion, which will be the first to debut in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. The space, which up until recently was known as the Costume Institute, was recently renamed to honor Vogue’s editor-in-chief, one of its principle fundraisers. The new name also signifies a new look: When the Charles James show launches on May 8, the public will finally get to see the space’s $40 million redesign.
Charles James, whose career lasted from 1926 to 1978, is known for his sculptural, sweeping ball gowns, which were influential for midcentury designers. (Christian Dior called him “The greatest talent of my generation.”) With its emphasis on old-fashioned glamour, this is going to be a radically different—and probably more accessible—show than Punk: Chaos to Couture,Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations, or even the museum’s blockbuster Alexander McQueen exhibit.
Charles James – Beyond Fashion at Anna Wintour Costume Center
May 8 – August 10, 2014