Good Mondays: The National Arts Club Presents Charles James ‘Beneath The Dress’

Coming this Monday, September 29, a certain fashionable and fabulous set will all be agog over The National Arts Club presentation of Charles James, “Beneath The Dress.” Fashion Week may be over here, but for many, it is a 24/7, 365 thing. This celebration and exhibition of Charles James work will surely bring out the finery. I was sent these comments about Mr. James. Dianne B. Bernhard, Director, Office of Fine Arts, The National Arts Club comments: 

“Valuing structure and clarity above all, made James one of the greatest haute courtiers of the last century. Charles James: Beneath the Dress uncovers his strengths as a fashion designer, but equally reveals James’ extraordinary talents as a visionary and an artist.” 

Publicist, bon vivant, man about town and all around good sort R. Couri Hay said, “James told me, ‘It’s always been about the dress not me’,” adding, “Charles James was a rebel and an artist who never doubted himself or his work.”

This is a week long exhibition of never before displayed Charles Lamb fashion and erotic drawings from  the private collection of R. Couri Hay. The press release informs that Mr James was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his dressmaking technique. Bill Cunningham described him as “the Einstein of fashion”. He is known as Americas greatest courtier. Cristobal Balenciaga referred to James as “the worlds best and only dressmaker. It goes on and on with names like Vreeland and other fashion gods peppered all over the story. National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, September 29 to October 5 from 11AM till 5PM. 

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