In 2014, the opportunity arose to design a dress for Zooey Deschanel to be worn at the Met Gala “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”. At the event, the museum celebrated a major figure in the fashion world, but one less known to the general public. Charles Wilson Brega James (18 July 1906 -23 September 1978) was an English-American fashion designer, best known for his ballgowns and highly structured aesthetic. Co-chaired by Sarah Jessica Parker, Bradley Cooper, and Oscar de la Renta, the party was filled with a variety of sleek and larger-than-life gowns. Zooey’s dress was designed in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger and inspired by Mr. James.