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Arts InSight

Arts InSight: A Thin Wall of Air

An exhibit devoted to the garments and designs of couturier, Charles James

Couturier Charles James influenced a generation of fashion designers and was recently honored with an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, but Houston is home to his only work as an interior designer: creating works for the home of arts patrons John and Dominique de Menil. He is considered America’s first couturier, known for his highly structured aesthetic design. James looked at dresses as a work of art as did many of his fans, including Dominique de Menil. In the Menil Collection’s exhibit, “A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James,” visitors will get a chance to gaze upon garments and designs commissioned by the Menils,  including his famed lip sofa.

Be sure to catch Arts InSight on Thursday July 17 at 7pm on TV 8. The episode will feature a profile of the Charles James exhibit at the Menil Collection and an update on the Menil’s current construction and architectural master plan.