2014 MET Gala to Honor Charles James, America’s Best-Known Couturier

Posted Wednesday April 23, 2014 3:50 PM GMT
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It’s one of the hottest tickets in town, and the 2014 Costume Institute Met Gala promises to be the most memorable yet.

According to WWD, the May 5th event has been named, “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” in honor of Charles James, America’s best-known couturier. Harold Koda, curator in charge of the Costume Institute said that part of the reason he was chosen is because, "to the fashion specialist, everyone knows James, but to the audience at large, he is one of those names that, because he doesn’t have a surviving label or brand, is forgotten.”

The invitations call for guests to comply with a very specific dress code, called a “White Tie and Decorations” wardrobe. For men, this includes a black tailcoat and waistcoat along with a white bowtie and wing-collar shirt. For the ladies, the message is to "have glamorous jewel-tone gown, will travel."

James was known for designing dramatic ballgowns using a brilliant use of color, so expect it to be an evening for the history books.

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