Charles James Beyond Fashion Exhibition | Pictures

A Grand Look Inside the Costume Institute's Charles James Exhibit

Charles James Beyond Fashion Exhibition | Pictures

If you haven't had a chance to head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute this Summer, you might miss one of the year's biggest fashion exhibits. That's because Charles James: Beyond Fashion, the inaugural showcase of the brand-new Anna Wintour Costume Center, is closing its doors on Aug. 10 – three months after its arrival.

The decidedly un-punk exhibit pays proper respect to the legendary career of Anglo-American designer Charles James, who might not be a household name . . . yet. Through more than 100 pieces, the museum examines his design process — specifically his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches and innovative tailoring to construct revolutionary ball gowns.

So, while the star-studded Met Gala that marked the exhibit's arrival was all about celebrities in modern-day versions of high-society dressing, what awaited them at the top of that grand staircase was a look back at the work of a man who continues to influence fashion today.

Now, take a sneak peek inside as we walk you through some highlights from the exhibit before it closes.

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art