Posts Tagged Charles James

The Met Gala 2014

The annual Met Gala, which occurred Monday night at Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala in New York City.  Every year there is a theme if you can remember last year’s punk dress code. Since the gala was honoring American couturier Charles James, an English-born American designer known for his structured wiring and lavishly heavy gowns, guests were asked to channel James’ formal aesthetic of gowns for ladies and white tie (with decorations) for men.

Above all I think my favorite of the night was Rihanna.  The gal can seriously do no wrong.  She stunned in a Stella McCartney number that included a cropped top with a stunning open back and a floor-length skirt with a full train and draping along the back.

Naturally Beyonce, and her hubby Jayz killed it as well–he actually proposed to her again when one of the many jewels from her Givenchy wrap dress fell off.  So yeah, my jealousy continues. Leah Michele in Joseph Altuzarra and the Beckhams in Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckam’s own design, all dazzled on the red carpet. All white ensembles proved to be a BIG trend on the red carpet.

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Vintage Bowles

As I was scouring the Vogue website this week I came across the Vintage Bowles web series.  It’s an amazing journey of how Hamish Bowles, International Editor at Large for Vogue, travels around the world seeking pieces for his legendary couture collection. Season one is on the Vogue website and it features garments by Nina Ricci, Charles James, Geoffrey Beene and YSL.  It’s such a personal view into Hamish Bowles’ passion for vintage collections.

http://http://video.vogue.com/series/vintage-bowles

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Charles James: Beyond Fashion

So If you’ve seen my recent post about the Hollywood Costume exhibit you can guess that I’m a museum junkie.  One of my all time favorite museums is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  From May 8th- August 10th 2014, the Met will showcase about 100 designs along with sketches, clothing patterns and swatches by one of America’s first couturiers, Charles James.  He originally became famous in the 40’s and is well known for his complex designs and redefining the norms of dress-making in the 50’s.  Be sure to check out the short video on the museum’s website that features some of his designs!

http://82nd-and-fifth.metmuseum.org/hipster

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