Tonight, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will host its annual Costume Institute Benefit, this year celebrating the opening of the Anna Wintour Costume Center and the exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion. Before the show, familiarize yourself with "America's First Couturier."* Above, an excerpt from V77 highlights James as one of Bill Cunninghams heroes. Watch the video below of the Brooklyn Museum's fashion show honoring James in 1982, where Halston paid tribute to his idol. Stay tuned to VMAGAZINE.COM for videos of the Met Ball and its surrounding events celebrating Charles James.
*"Charlie James was not the first American couturier, but he comes to mind because he was so creative. He is often put in the same category as Norman Norell and Pauline Trigère but he was the exception. Everything he made was custom-made, not ready-to-wear. He was a sculptor who used fabirc instead of marble." —Bill Cunningham, V77
photography bill cunningham