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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Inside The Met Gala 2014 Zoo: Charles James Beyond Fashion

The 2014 Metropolitan Museum Constitute Gala was a stunner.  The exhibition is dedicated to the dresses of Charles James, an English-born designer who moved to New York in 1940.  This year was the year for the artistry of couture, the glamour of fabric, and the power of the female form.  
Giant rose sculpture of James figure with de-constructed dress 
Wearing Alexis Mabille couture: corseted bustier with skirt in white silk jersey and grey satin jacket
The Vogue greeters

Cocktail hour with velvet sofas, champagne and the beautiful Met Museum
Co-Chairs Sarah Jessica Parker and Bradley Cooper introduce the evening  
One of the perks of a Friends of the Costume Institute corner table,  the "backstage" view
The room was filled with gardenias, including table top
Frank Ocean performed with an all female orchestra in top hats 
After party at the Boom Boom room at The Standard Hotel
Best date ever!  With Alexis Mabille leaving the after party
Though The Met Gala has become a zoo of celebrities and hype, this exhibition is truly worthy.  The intricate detailing of these dresses is inspiring and transcendent.  My hope is that all of the press and chaos that now surrounds this event actually bring into the museum the hoards of people who pour over the fashion and glamour of it all.  This is a world-class museum with the most amazing collections and exhibitions, and I only can hope that the art does not get lost in the crowds.