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New York exhibition on Charles James still going strong

New York exhibition on Charles James still going strong
24 Jun 2014

The work of Charles James is under the spotlight in New York City at the moment, at the city's Metropolitan Museum.

The exhibition, 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion', began on 8th May, and will remain in place for much of the rest of the summer, until 10th August.

It is taking place within the Anna Wintour Costume Center, a newly re-opened area of the museum, and other exhibition spaces on the Met's first floor.

Charles James was a couturier who lived between 1906 and 1978.

The new exhibition includes a large number of his designs, with one section looking at his ball gowns in particular.

"He dreamt that his lifetime of personal creative evolution and the continuous metamorphosis of his designs would be preserved as a study resource for students," Costume Institute curator Harold Koda has said.

"In our renovated galleries, we will fulfill his goal and illuminate his design process as a synthesis of dressmaking, art, math, and science."

As well as clothing, the exhibition includes things like sketches, unfinished items from the designer's last studio and sketches.

The Metropolitan Museum holds the world's most definitive Charles James collection.

The Anna Wintour Costume Center has been renovated over a two year spell and has just re-opened under that name. It is the part of the museum which The Costume Institute occupies.

"James was an artist who chose fabric and its relationship to the human body as his medium of expression,” Costume Institute consulting curator Jan Glier Reeder has said.

She added that one of his devoted clients said the designer's work "went beyond fashion and was fine art", with this phrase, Beyond Fashion, also being the title the designer wanted for an autobiography - although he did not write the book in the end.

Another of New York City's most famous museums is MOMA - The Museum of Modern Art.

The city is a popular place for tourists from around the world to visit, with draws including Broadway theatre shows, famous buildings like the Empire State Building and plenty of other exciting attractions.ADNFCR-408-ID-801730699-ADNFCR

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