Charles James

Charles James

Beyond Fashion

Book - 2014
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Charles James, often considered to be America's first couturier, was renowned in the 1940s and 1950s as a master at sculpting fabric for the female form and creating fashions that defined mid-century glamour. Although James had no formal training as a dressmaker, he created strikingly original and complex designs, including intricate ball gowns worn by members of high society in New York and Europe. This lavishly illustrated book offers a comprehensive study of James' life and work, highlighting his virtuosity and inventiveness as well as his influence on subsequent fashion designers. Featuring exciting new photography of the spectacular evening dresses James produced between 1947 and 1955, this publication includes enlightening details of these intricate creations alongside vintage photographs and rarely seen archival items, such as patterns, muslins, dress forms and sketches. A detailed and illustrated chronology of James' life describes his magnetic personality, his unorthodox design processes, his colourful supporters - such as Salvador Dali, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, and Cristobal Balenciaga - and profiles of a number of his famous clients, such as Gypsy Rose Lee.
Publisher: New York : The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780300204360
Branch Call Number: 746.9209 JAMES KODA
Characteristics: 262 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 34 cm
Alternative Title: Beyond fashion


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stewaroby Aug 17, 2015

The gowns are exquisite but it's the photographs themselves that make this such a special book. The models, the settings and above all the beautiful, beautiful colours.

Dec 14, 2014

What a gorgeous book!


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