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The Hot Ticket: Charles James – Beyond Fashion

While you’d be forgiven for thinking the Met Ball 2014 was simply one long red carpet, the star-studded occasion, in fact, marked the opening of the museum’s new exhibition, Charles James: Beyond Fashion, in the newly-renovated Costume Institute.

The first port of call for New York’s high society clients in need of breathtaking ball gowns throughout the ‘40s and ‘50s, British-born couturier Charles James was renowned for his innovative and architectural approach to design.

Oozing with glamour but simultaneously highlighting technical skill, the exhibition puts over 70 of James’ designs in the spotlight, and creates a visual biography via sketches, pattern pieces and partially completed works; a dreamy environment for those who like to see fashion as an art form.

Not NYC-bound? Seek solace in couture-worthy creations from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Lanvin and Roland Mouret. Shop our favourite pieces below. 

Charles James: Beyond Fashion runs until Sunday 10th August at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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