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Why Your Coffee Table Needs the Charles James Exhibit Book

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The Costume Institute's upcoming exhibit on designer Charles James arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 8th, along with the beautiful exhibit book by the same name. WWD got a sneak peek at it, and posted a few teaser photos (two of which are after the jump). The article explains:

It chronologically details the life of the Anglo-American couturier, from his 1906 birth into a life of privilege at the family's Surrey, England, estate through his success and later years when he served as a consultant to Halston. It also, through illustrations, photography and detail shots of garments that will be on display, gives a view into the designer's complex mind and how, aesthetically, he was a precursor to Christian Dior and Cristóbal Balenciaga.

A photograph from Cecil Beaton makes up the cover, and other chapters in the book focus on specific details of the James' designs ("Spirals & Wraps" is one of them, and "Architectural Shaping" is another.)

Images via WWD

· A Look Inside the Charles James Exhibit Book [WWD]
· Preview the Anna Wintour Costume Center's Inaugural Show [Racked NY]

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