Explore the career of the legendary twentieth-century Anglo-American couturier
Charles James: Beyond FashionThe Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St, New York, NY) Map it $25
An Anglo-American designer who rose to prominence in the 1940s and 50s, James was a meticulous sculptor of cloth who put himself in the same in category as Picasso and Brancusi. His dresses ooze romance, femininity and luxury, and he had a gift not only for color but also fabric. Even Christian Dior looked to James for inspiration. At this stunning exhibit, which features 75 of James' notable designs and is peppered with delightful quotes by designer, you learn about the man as well as his process. Even if you aren’t a fashionista, this show has appeal.