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.
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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.