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Charles James Exhibit Is Costume Institute's 5th Most Popular Ever

More people came to see Charles James's ballgowns than Schiaparelli and Prada's 2012 exhibit.

Tack it up to the publicity surrounding the renaming (and remodeling) of the Costume Institute -- now the Anna Wintour Costume Center -- or the public's interest in pretty ball gowns: Whatever the reason, more people trudged up and down the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" exhibit than last year's "Punk: Chaos to Couture" show and 2012's "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations," according to a spokesperson for the Met.

In fact, the Charles James exhibit is the fifth most popular show in the Costume Institute's 25-year history, falling behind only its Alexander McQueen, Jacqueline Kennedy, Superhero-themed and Chanel shows. It's an impressive feat for a designer whom, as many have noted, is not a household name.

For those who haven't stopped by to see it yet, there's still a sliver of time -- the exhibit closes at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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