If you didn't manage to head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, you missed one of the year's biggest fashion exhibits – Charles James: Beyond Fashion, the inaugural showcase of the brand-new Anna Wintour Costume Center, closed its doors on Aug. 10 – three months after its arrival. But don't stress: we've got all the must-see highlights right here.
The decidedly un-punk exhibit pays proper respect to the legendary career of Anglo-American designer Charles James, who might not be a household name . . . yet. Through more than 100 pieces, the museum examines his design process — specifically his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches and innovative tailoring to construct revolutionary ball gowns.
So, while the star-studded Met Gala that marked the exhibit's arrival was all about celebrities in modern-day versions of high-society dressing, what awaited them at the top of that grand staircase was a look back at the work of a man who continues to influence fashion today.
Now, take a sneak peek inside as we walk you through some highlights from the exhibit before it closes.
Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art