It's no secret that the fashion industry exudes a fan girl appreciation for Michelle Obama. After this morning's ribbon cutting at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, it's clear that the love is mutual.
“I’m here because I have such respect and admiration for this woman, who I am proud to call my friend,” explained the First Lady, taking the stage to a rousing standing ovation in a green floral Naeem Khan sheath. "I'm so impressed by Anna's contributions not just to fashion but to this great museum."
A long list of fashion designers and insiders flocked to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday morning to celebrate not only the opening of the Charles James exhibit, but also Anna Wintour's dedicated division. With such luminaries including Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker, Andre Leon Talley, Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Prabal Gurung, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Mario Testino, and Stella McCartney, the early festivities showed a mutual appreciation for Wintour's dedicated philanthropy to sustaining a center determined to maintain fashion influence.
Though the woman of the hour refrained from making any statements, Aerin Lauder, one of the exhibit's main sponsors and Harold Koda, the curator of the Costume Institute, expressed their position on the importance of Charles James' legacy and the sculptural gowns that dominate this year's spectacular.
For those who have yet to dive into the life and work of the designer, Charles James: Beyond Fashion will be a historical lesson important for both fashion lovers, historians, and engineers alike. Due to James' intricate work and understanding of form and the female body, this year's exhibit employs a bit of technological advancement in order to show just how dedicated the genius was when it came to construction of design.