Charles James: Beyond Fashion Exhibition and 2014 MET Gala
It’s one of the hottest tickets in New York! The memorable 2014 Costume Institute Met Gala will take place this year on May 5th and has been named, “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” to celebrate the career of legendary 20th-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906–1978). A craftsman before his time, the designer was well-known for being inventive by creating stunning sculpted ballroom gowns and even the first puffer jacket, (New York essential).
Taking a more historical approach for this year’s exhibition and Met Gala theme, Curator-in-Charge Harold Koda for the Metropolitan Museum of Art has gone a completely different direction from last year’s theme, ”Punk: Chaos to Couture,” which was more edgy and rocker inspired. This year, Mr. Koda went through the fashion archives to influence the current exhibit. With Mr. Koda’s experience producing well-known exhibits in-close collaboration with the late Richard Martin, then Curator-in-Charge of The Costume Institute, we know this year’s event will be memorable as A-listers attend this year’s event while celebrating a piece of fashion history.
Some of Mr. Koda’s co-organized acclaimed exhibitions, includes: Diana Vreeland: Immoderate Style (1993), Waist Not (1993), Madame Grès (1994), Orientalism (1994), Haute Couture (1995), Bloom (1995), Bare Witness (1996), Two by Two (1996), and Christian Dior (1996).
The Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit will take place on Monday, May 5, 2014, in celebration of the opening of the exhibition and the new Anna Wintour Costume Center. The evening’s Chair will be Aerin Lauder. Co-Chairs will be Bradley Cooper, Oscar de la Renta, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and Anna Wintour. Guests are advised to follow special instructions for attire– ladies are required to wear a jewel-tone gown (there goes my future ticket– love wearing black), and gentlemen must wear, ‘white tie and decorations’ which almost sounds code for white on white and sequins or bright colors, but it really means black tailcoat and waistcoat with a white bowtie and wing-collar shirt. Take notes gentlemen. Our future attendance relies on your fashion sense.
The Costume Institute’s new Anna Wintour Costume Center will open to the public on May 8 with the inaugural exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion, on view from May 8 through August 10, 2014. The retrospective exhibition will feature approximately 75 of the most notable designs produced by James over the course of his career, from the 1920s until his death in 1978. The first-floor special exhibition galleries will spotlight the resplendent glamour and breathtaking architecture of James’s ball gowns from the 1940s through 1950s, worn by such renowned clients as Austine Hearst, Millicent Rogers, and Dominique de Menil.