From the graffiti-encrusted bathroom stalls of CBGB to…the gleaming mid-century showroom of French & Company, as captured (at right) by Cecil Beaton. Prepare to part ways with the punk paraphernalia, because the Met is going glam. As New York Fashion Week puts the focus on spring 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has seized the opportunity to do the same: announcing this week that the Costume Institute’s 2014 exhibition will be “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.”
On view from May 8 through August 10 of next year, the show will explore the legendary Anglo-American couturier’s design process and his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that have served as touchstones for the likes of Oscar de la Renta, who will co-chair the May 5 Costume Institute benefit along with Bradley Cooper, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and of course, Vogue‘s Anna Wintour. Aerin Lauder will act as chair of chairs, as her burgeoning lifestyle brand is underwriting the exhibition.