When I first moved to New York City as a student in 1966, I serendipitously landed a room in the Chelsea Hotel. At the time, there were many luminaries from the arts who resided there and it was possible to literally rub elbows with them in the elevator. My roommate, also a fashion student, and I were lucky enough to meet the legendary fashion designer, Charles James, and visit him in the apartment where he lived and worked. The main room was dominated by an enormous, cluttered work table with many projects in various stages. We knew we were experiencing a special moment in history.
It is with great respect to that history that I recommend visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the comprehensive presentation of Charles James’ extraordinary work and learn his unique fashion philosophy.
Another highlight of that time for me was meeting (and occasionally joining his entourage) another hotel resident, the most talented fashion illustrator of all time, Antonio Lopez, who illustrated many of Charles James designs. Some of these illustrations grace the Charles James exhibit.
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