Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was first introduced to the genius of Charles James when I was a fashion design student in my 20s at FIT. Ushered into the close quarters of the school's fashion laboratory, my class was allowed to marvel at the underpinnings of one of James's works of art while the gloved hand of one of the lab workers peeled back each layer of fabric and tulle. Needless to say, the experience left quite an impression on me.
So many years later, when I was presenting my collection of dresses for the curvy woman, I referenced the iconic photo of women elegantly sheathed in Charles James gowns shot by Cecil Beaton. I just thought it was the height of haute couture. And I wanted to show that women of size could be just as elegant. Now after eschewing the bright lights and drama of apparel, my focus has shifted to handbags. Yet, in the ensuing years, I am still awed by one of my design heroes.
Peace & Fashion!