This year’s ‘Punk’ themed Costume Institute Exhibit at the MET was a big success, but for next year they’re going in a completely different direction. the Costume Institute’s next exhibit will be about Charles James, American couturier. Titled simply ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute curator Harold Koda explains why they’ve chosen to celebrate his work in particular next year:
“He really is a one-of-a-kind designer, even if you look through the history of French haute couture and all the English couture designers, James stands out as a very idiosyncratic personality and artist and one of the few designers who, in his own lifetime, felt that his work transcended the medium.”
Koda says that they’ll be using new technology to bring the designer’s past work to life:
“Since the early 1990s, it’s the first time we will be able to have an open space that is also wired for the latest technology, people were always somewhat hesitant about coming down the stairs and seeing our galleries because they can get so congested with two cul-de-sacs. Now we will be able to direct the circulation in a way that underscores the narrative structure of the exhibitions.”
The exhibit is expected to run from May 8 to August 10 in 2014.