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An Evening For ‘Charles James: Beneath The Dress’ At The National Arts Club

Monday, October 6, 2014

On September 29, Cornelia Guest, Amanda Hearst, Anne Hearst McInerney, Patricia Hearst Shaw, Gillian Hearst Simonds and Kimberly Rockefeller hosted a private viewing for ‘Charles James: Beneath The Dress,’ at The National Arts Club. This current exhibit for the late designer, whose name reemerged in the fashion industry’s lexicon this past spring during a retrospective of his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was unfortunately only on display at The National Arts Club until yesterday, October 5.

On display were 93 drawings from the 1960s and ’70s, all from the collection of R. Couri Hay, who was a friend of James’ late in the designer’s life, as well as a short film comprised of rare footage from Anton Perich and Hay’s 1970s documentary of interviews with James, alongside a selection of photographs taken by Perich of James in The Chelsea Hotel.

Guests at the private viewing party included our September covergirl, Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and her husband, film tycoon Harvey Weinstein, model Morgan O’Connor, Real Houswives of New York‘s Sonja Morgan, designer CeCe Cord,architect Champion Platt, socialite Audrey Gruss, actor James Francis Ginty, socialite Sharon Bush, designer Andrea Stark, composer Lucia Hwong GordonReal Houswives of New York‘s LuAnn de Lesseps, jazz singer Cole Rumbough, CNN’s Felicia Taylor, actress Cassandra Seidenfeld, philanthropist Nicole DiCocco, and designer Victor de Souza.


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