This year's Met Gala is dedicated to American couturier Charles James, who was without question one of the most important designers of the 20th century. During his 50-year career, which began in the '20s and lasted until his death in 1978, he was best known for his sumptuous ball gowns — voluminous, waist-cinching numbers so sweeping they practically defied gravity. Here, we've highlighted some of his most indelible creations to prep you for the much-anticipated evening in his honor.
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