If there is one event of the year that everyone who loves fashion and design is looking forward to, it is the annual exhibition at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In May 2014, it will open a show celebrating the career of legendary 20th-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906–1978). It explores his design process and his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today. Just like Alexander McQueen, whose career was presented in a retrospective at the Costume Institute two years ago, Charles James considered himself an artist whose media was fashion. I love the photo by Cecil Beaton which was published in Vogue in 1948.