Now that the highly successful Met Gala and Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit is behind us, the Costume Institute is already planning for next year's show!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the subject of next year's exhibit will be Charles James, "America's best-known couturier".
For those unfamiliar with James, he was a designer who hit his prime in the mid 1900s. Unfortunately, he was largely forgotten after his passing when he didn’t leave a surviving brand.
The master dressmaker was responsible for many of the pieces in Cecil Beaton’s famed photos (see above), and the Met is determined to bring his memory back to life!
Harold Koda, curator for the Costume Institute, raved:
"He really is a one-of-a-kind designer. Even if you look through the history of French haute couture and all the English couture designers, James stands out as a very idiosyncratic personality and artist and one of the few designers who, in his own lifetime, felt that his work transcended the medium."
The exhibit featuring 100 pieces from the late couturier will run from May 8th - Aug 10th, putting the opening benefit night on May 5th — so save the date!
Aerin Lauder has been named the evening’s chair, with Bradley Cooper, Sarah Jessica Parker, Oscar de la Renta, Anna Wintour, Lizzy Tish, and Jonathan Tish as cochairs! (below)
All in all, we can hope for a variety of vintage-inspired looks for the next Met Gala red carpet! This one should be easy, people!
[Image via Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive.]
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