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Charles James: Beyond Fashion

This famous photo of James marks the entrance to the Anna Wintour Costume Center. As visitors descend the steps toward this exhibit space, they are treated to a recording of his voice.

In the photo, James is pictured with a dress form he developed to update the fashion industry's outdated version. His originated from the belief that the standard forms "contributed to the bad fit of Seventh Avenue clothes," according to the museum. The new form reflected the slender long-waisted silhouettes of Millicent Rogers and Jennifer Jones.

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art