Beyond Fashion

There are many events in the Fashion World and there is one in particular that people look forward to the most, and that is the Metropolitan Museum Costume Gala or some would say The Met Gala. The reason why the gala is so special to many is that people get to see what the stars, fashionistas, and celebrities are wearing. The gowns are always extraordinary and most talked about because they go all out. It’s beyond the question of who are you wearing, but how did they create that? You’re on the New York City sidewalk watching the limos pull up and the cameras flashing. Some people gawk, while others just keep walking but still get a glimpse of something special. Only in New York! Yes, the gala is invite only by Miss Wintour herself so the list is very selective, but the best part of it all is that once the stars, fashionistas, and celebrities have their fun we, the non-celebrities have the museum for the rest of the season. What’s a better way to get inspired by fashion then going to The Met! Not only do you have artwork from all over the world, but you have the opportunity to see Charles James’s work from the 1920’s – 1970’s.

“The exhibit explores James’s design process, specifically his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today. The retrospective features approximately sixty-five of the most notable designs.” You wouldn’t think mathematics or science would be used in fashion but that is why fashion is always such a subject of conversation with many. Fashion is Art, when someone creates a gown it is coming from their mind, their soul and they get inspired by so many things. So why wouldn’t math and science come into play with that? The colors, textures, size is determined by what the designer envisions and the next thing you know you are wearing one of the most spectacular pieces and you feel amazing.

Don’t miss out this great exhibit! Perhaps you will be inspired by it, if not at least you can appreciate the architecture of the designs. Plus there is a pathway exploring his designs in four categories: Spirals & Wraps, Drapes & Folds, Platonic Form, and Anatomical Cut. The exhibit is open at The Metropolitan Museum until August 10th, 2014. Get Inspired!

Photo Credits: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Charles James 1936
  • Babe Paley in Charles James 1950
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  • Charles James Ball Gown 1946
  • Charles James with Model 1948
  • Charles James Black Evening Dress 1948
  • Charles James Butterfly Ball Gown 1955
  • Charles James Sketch