• Couture and The Modern World.

    The amalgamation of Old and New 

     

    Charles James known to many as the 20th century’s master of couture has made a dazzling entrance into the 21st century through the help of a confederate of fashion’s most prestigious characters, including Anna Wintour, Michelle Obama and Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein. Last night after Michelle Obama cut the ribbon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New Anna Wintour Costume Centre, many guests including Oscar de la Renta (one of the event’s cochairs), Proenza Schouler, to Alexander Wang toured the inaugural exhibition “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”. The exhibition will feature seventy-five of James’ most notable designs as well as an in depth look into his design process, focusing on his use of sculptural, scientific and mathematical approach to Couture.

    But why explore an artist who’s name has sunk below the radar for so many years you may ask, The answer: Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his designer wife Georgina Chapman are reportedly set to revive the Charles James label with the help of the late couturier's family. The couple have a lot of interest in the rebirth of Charles’ legacy by creating an exclusive couture house and covering all licensing rights, including a fragrance. Weinstein's wife and her brother, Edward, CEO of Marchesa will be called into position as creative consultants.

    James' designs on display on the MET in New York. Photo: Hannah Thomson
     
    Weinstein, is not the one in support of blurring the lines between of 20th century couture and the modern age, Vogue’s victorious team of photographers and models set to the streets yesterday in anticipation of the Met Ball prior to the Charles James’ exhibition opening. Models, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Grace Mahary, Tilda Lindstam, Alana Zimmer, Xiao Wen Ju were captured adopting a certain 21st century, Y-generation spirit as they scampered through Manhattan wearing an array of couture’s finest gowns by photographer , Cass Bird. The girls exuded beauty, grace and elegance but maintained the disposition of the modern woman, taking selfies and wearing trainers. Personifying the modern generation. An Intsagram fever boiled up as images were instantly appearing on the social media platform. Charles James might be tossing in his grave at the thought, but there’s no better way to keep the virtue of couture alive than to integrate it with the vivacity of today’s youth. 

    Charles James Couture Gowns photographed by Cecil Beaton
    Charles James Couture Gowns photographed by Cecil Beaton
     

    Vouge Cass Bird

    Vogue Cass Bird

    Vogue Cass Bird

    Vogue Cass Bird

    Photos: Vogue.com

     

     

     

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