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Following a series of big-headline designer names and shock value subject matter, the next Costume Institute exhibition will hone in on American couturier Charles James. Those who have studied fashion history will wet their pants with excitement at over 100 pieces from the legend (encompassing almost his entire body of work), but the average museum goer might be like, "Charles who? Does he have a fragrance?"
The short is titled "Hipster" and centers around the 1946 dress (pictured above). It's narrated by Jan Glier Reeder, who reveals some of James' brilliance in construction, as well as other aspects: "[The dress is] constructed of four different fabrics. Each one has its own weight, degree of drape, and light reflective properties. When the dress moves, each one of these fabrics responds in a different way to the light and to the movement, creating an ever changing visual experience."
· "Hipster" [82nd & Fifth]
· First Look at 'Charles James' at The Met [WWD]
· The Next Costume Institute Exhibit Should Be a Lot Less Crowded [Racked NY]