While all eyes are set on the red carpet outside New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, take a moment to preview the exhibit being celebrated tonight: "Charles James: Beyond Fashion." The collection includes larger-than-life ball gowns and refined dress coats, and focuses on how James brought his exquisite, idiosyncratic designs to life.

The exhibit will remain open to the public from May 8 though August 10. See more of James' iconic pieces here, and scroll down to catch a preview of the museum collection below.

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