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Artist Demonstration

Artist Demonstrations and Workshops—Creating Fashion

Charles James, Charles James Ball Gowns

Experience the world of a fashion studio and leave with your own wearable accessory.

Mark, stitch, slash, and wrap alongside fashion design professionals who will demonstrate designing, drafting, and constructing fashions inspired by the twentieth-century couturier Charles James. Drop in anytime. Open to visitors of all ages.

This program is presented with the exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion.

Schedule of Activities

Demonstrations:

1:004:00 p.m. From Pattern to Shape
See how a garment transforms from a 2D piece of paper into a 3D work of art with costume designer Jeffrey Wirsing.

1:004:00 p.m. Behind the Seams
See how a dress was reconstructed for the Charles James exhibition with architect Lexi Tsien from Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

1:004:00 p.m. Tools of the Trade
Explore the fabrics and tools of costume design with Met installer Joyce Fung.

1:004:00 p.m. The Design Process
Talk to designer Ethan Hon about how an idea becomes wearable fashion.

Workshops:

1:004:00 p.m. Shaping Fabric
Experiment with fabric as you fold, pleat, and create unique color combinations. Walk away with something ready-to-wear.

1:004:00 p.m. Mood Boards
Collage your own fashion story with fabric swatches, textures, colors, and sketches.

Family Tours:

2:30–3:30 p.m. Start with Art at the Met (children ages 37) and Art Trek (children ages 512)
Fashion Stories: Clothing throughout the Ages
Explore the Museum's collection to discover what people wore throughout history, and uncover details about people and places through the lens of fashion.

Above: Charles James Ball Gowns (detail), 1948. Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast

Free with Museum admission

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