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Charles James: Beyond Fashion

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The inaugural exhibition at the newly renovated Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents the work of designer Charles James (1906–1978), known for creating architectural ball gowns for the ultra rich. The website image gallery features period photographs of some of James' most famous gowns as worn by their owners or by models, such as Austine Hearst in Charles James "Four Leaf Clover" Gown, ca. 1953, or "Butterfly Gown,” 1954. These images in turn link to full descriptions and more images from the Met’s The Collection Online database. Visitors can also read a blog post by David Byrne about attending the 2014 Costume Institute Gala or watch a selection of related videos, including First Lady Michelle Obama at the exhibition opening ribbon cutting ceremony and 6 minutes of star-studded red carpet arrivals at the Gala.
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