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Charles James

Charles James was a fashion designer known as America's first couturier. He is considered a master of cutting and is known for his highly structured aesthetic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_James_(designer)

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978). Dinner suit, 1951. Silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. R. A. Bernatschke, 1955 (2009.300.214a, b) #CharlesJames

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Wedding dress. Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978). Date: 1948–49. Culture: American. Medium: silk. Metropolitan Museum of Art. View 1.

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Charles James "Butterfly" Ball Gown, ca. 1955, Brown silk chiffon, cream silk satin, brown silk satin, dark brown nylon tulle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Fund, 2013

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Charles James - 1951

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    Zac Posen used Charles James as inspiration for his Fall 2014 collection. It is sublime!

Charles James Dress - 1945 - by Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906-1978) - Silk - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Half-sewn muslin, 1947 The Collection includes an extraordinary group of sewn muslins and flat patterns that represent James' design process from original concept to the finished garment. Several clients gave supporting material along with the actual garments. In some cases, the garments are accompanied by materials that represent all of James' design phases—two flat patterns (paper and muslin) and two sewn muslins (half and full).

Designer: Charles James 1906-1978 Medium: Red silk with gold metallic threads Date: 1955

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Coat; Charles James, ca. 1955, wool, synthetic

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Dress Charles James, 1933 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Two-Piece Dress Ensemble by Charles James (1954)

Charles James “Lyre” dress ca. 1945 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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"Four Leaf Clover," Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978): 1953, American, silk. "For the Eisenhower Inaugural Ball of 1953, Austine Hearst, the wife of Mr. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., commissioned Charles James to create something for her to wear. Although the resulting garment was not, in typical Jamesian manner, completed in time for the function, it has since become one of the icons of mid-century couture and by James's own evaluation, his pinnacle in dressmaking."

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Ball Gown, Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978): 1949, American, silk.