The opening of the Charles James show at the Metropolitan Museum’s Anna Wintour Costume Center brings with it memories of New Yorks past: of ball gowns and ballrooms, of a society well costumed and closed. That world is all but gone. (And as for the closed part: Good riddance.) But there is, luckily, a kind of grand New York that lives on — in the lives of its grandest dames. Here are seven of them.
Photos by Norman Jean Roy. Styled by Kim Meehan.
*This article appeared in the May 5, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.