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Charles James: Beyond Fashion (May 8-August 10, 2014)

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Charles James Ball Gowns, 1948

Charles James Ball Gowns, 1948
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast

 

Charles James with Model, 1948

Charles James with Model, 1948
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast

 

Nancy James in Charles James Swan Gown, 1955

Nancy James in Charles James "Swan" Gown, 1955
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's

 

Charles James Butterfly Gown, 1954

Charles James "Butterfly" Gown, 1954
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's

 

Austine Hearst in Charles James Clover Leaf Gown, ca. 1953

Austine Hearst in Charles James "Clover Leaf" Gown, ca. 1953
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographer Unknown, © Bettmann/CORBIS

 

Babe Paley in Charles James Gown, 1950

Babe Paley in Charles James Ball Gown, 1950
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by John Rawlings, Rawlings / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast

 

Charles James, 1952

Charles James, 1952
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Michael A. Vaccaro / LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Look Job 52-1129 Frame-18

 

Charles James, 1936

Charles James, 1936
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's

 

"Butterfly" Ball Gown, ca. 1955

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
"Butterfly" Ball Gown, ca. 1955
Brown silk chiffon, cream silk satin, brown silk satin, dark brown nylon tulle
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Fund, 2013 (2013.591)

 

Ball Gown, 1949–50

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Ball Gown, 1949–50
Red silk velvet, red silk satin, white cotton organdy
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1954 (2009.300.2786)

 

Evening Dress, 1946

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Evening Dress, 1946
Black silk-rayon velvet, red silk satin, brown silk faille, black silk crepe
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1954 (2009.300.795)

 

"Clover Leaf" Evening Dress, 1953

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
"Clover Leaf" Evening Dress, 1953
White silk satin, white silk faille, black silk-rayon velvet
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Elizabeth Fairall, 1953 (C.I.53.73)

 

Evening Dress, 1948

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Evening Dress, 1948
Black silk satin and black silk velvet
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1949 (2009.300.734)

 

"Taxi" Dress, ca. 1932

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
"Taxi" Dress, ca. 1932
Black wool ribbed knit
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Alan W. Kornberg Gift, 2013 (2013.309)

The lavishly illustrated exhibition catalogue chronicles James's fascinating career.

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Cover of Charles James exhibition catalogue