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Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978). Theatrical costume, mid-1930s. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Costume Institute Benefit Fund, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, and Acquisitions Fund, 2013 (2013.305) #CharlesJames

Evening Dress, Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978): spring/summer 1946, American, silk, leather. "...Millicent Rogers was an important James client for whom he designed from the mid-1930s until her death in 1953. They collaborated on many of the designs for her dresses, Rogers suggesting fabric, color and sometimes cut. The collection holds a total of 65 of her garments by James and 78 supporting materials used in the creation of them..."

Evening dress Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Manufacturer: (sample made for) Samuel Winston Date: 1952–53 Culture: American Medium: silk, synthetic

~Dress, Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978): 1946, American, silk. "This dress was designed specifically for Mrs. Rogers from a remnant. The sleeve treatment is of most interest. The lace-up ties over the arms are of particular note in relation to the sense of bondage and the seductive exposure of the arms through the outer slits."~

Charles James evening dress, (circa 1941-42). Gold satin. Accentuation of the shoulders - classic for this period.

1945 Charles James dressing gown - if we had one of his creations we'd never leave the house.

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

Black, brown, and red silk and wool evening dress (front) by Charles James, American, 1946. The construction of this dress reconfigures the body by having the harder draped fabric brought forward and soft fabric at the back, the opposite from the norm, giving the appearance of front and back being reversed. The startling color contrast and different reflective qualities of satin, wool-backed crepe and faille in the skirt reinforce this deception. The form of the hips bears witness to James' claims of being a sculptor of fabric.

1950's Charles James Evening Dress

Evening dress - Charles James - Detail 1945

Dress Charles James  (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1946 Culture: American Medium: silk

Evening dress Charles James  (American, born Great Britain Date: spring/summer 1946 Culture: American Medium: silk, leather Dimensions: Length at CB: 63 in. (160 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1949