The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute recently underwent a $40 million renovation and is now prepping for its rapidly approaching unveiling. This past Monday, the Museum released a teaser for it’s debut show entitled Charles James: Beyond Fashion, which will launch on May 8th of this year. The show will take place in the new Anna Wintour Costume Center, the newly revamped Costume space that is named for the Institutes primary fundraisers. Far from being just a simple room full of stuffy, old costumes, the Center features a conservation lab, a black box space that will use technology to illustrate dress construction and design, and a brand new storage space that will house the Museum’s costume collection, which is the largest in the world.
The Museum’s Inaugural show will be it’s first opportunity to showoff its brand new facilities and technologies to the world. Focusing on the famous couturier Charles James, the exhibit will illustrate his use of sculptural, mathematical, and scientific approaches in his construction of stunning ballgowns and dresses. His techniques were nothing short of revolutionary and continue to inspire designers even up to today so he is a fitting choice for the Museum’s first exhibit. Focusing on more than just aesthetically pleasing dresses, the show plans to highlight James’ approach to “fashion with a sculptor’s eye and a scientist’s logic.” The Anna Wintour Costume Center is well equipped to do James all the justice he deserves and May 8th will certainly be a night to remember for all who attend.