Charles James, the first American couturier and the subject of the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition has inspired a new jewelry collection by Miriam Haskell. “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” is set to run from May 8-August 10 of this year (The Met Gala is on Monday May 5, stay tuned for the best dressed on Glamour.com!).
To learn all about the upcoming exhibit check out Sophia’s post here preview. But until then, onto the jewels!
In coordination with the exhibit, jewelry brand Miriam Haskell has released a Charles James Capsule Collection as part of her spring collection. With the same attention to detail and sculptural quality as James’ couture pieces, the company has designed eleven unique pieces in pure white and jet black.
The black pieces are inspired by the pinning and tucking of James’ architectural ball gowns, while the white draw inspiration from the ruching and ruffling. Linda Fialkoff, Creative Director at the brand, explained the color palette with the hope that the pieces would complement any gown. “The pieces make a statement yet still allow for the gown to be the star of the show.”
Fialkoff told Glamour the collaboration was a no-brainer, as James “and Miriam Haskell both represented the best of American fashion design during their time. They both treasured the art of hand craftsmanship, and applied it to their work with precision and dedication.” As intricate and regal as the collection is, Fialkoff highlights their versatility, saying, “they can be worn to a formal event like the Met Gala, but they would look equally as glamorous partnered with a great pair of jeans and a t-shirt.”