Charles James, Ball Dress, 1954-1955, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Charles James, Ball Dress, 1954-1955, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Charles James evening dress, 1955

Charles James evening dress, 1955

Stunning Petal gown, 1951.

Stunning Petal gown, 1951.

"Four-Leaf Clover" ball gown, 1953 Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Silk: Ivory Duchesse satin; ivory faille; black velvet (velours de Lyon); synthetic: nylon mesh Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Cornelius V. Whitney, 1953 (2009.300.779)

"Four-Leaf Clover" ball gown, 1953 Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Silk: Ivory Duchesse satin; ivory faille; black velvet (velours de Lyon); synthetic: nylon mesh Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Cornelius V. Whitney, 1953 (2009.300.779)

Evening dress, Charles James,  mid-1930s, silk. - The Metropolitan Museum of Art  2013.305  (back view)

Evening dress, Charles James, mid-1930s, silk. - The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2013.305 (back view)

Charles James c1944, possibly from an earlier design | The Met

Charles James c1944, possibly from an earlier design | The Met

Dress  Charles James, 1950  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I can see this on Ava Gardner.

Dress Charles James, 1950 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I can see this on Ava Gardner.

Evening Gown, Charles James: 1951, silk chiffon, silk satin and nylon chiffon. "Charles James, considered an architect of dress, was obsessed with the nuances of his complicated constructed designs. This gown, with its massive billowing skirt, is composed of layer upon layer of silk, boning, horsehair, and crinoline." LACMA Collections Online

Evening Gown, Charles James: 1951, silk chiffon, silk satin and nylon chiffon. "Charles James, considered an architect of dress, was obsessed with the nuances of his complicated constructed designs. This gown, with its massive billowing skirt, is composed of layer upon layer of silk, boning, horsehair, and crinoline." LACMA Collections Online

Cocktail dress Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1953–54 Culture: American Medium: silk.

Cocktail dress Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1953–54 Culture: American Medium: silk.

Charles James vintage fashion 50s style formal wear evening gown long dress off shoulder one shoulder strapless silk satin taffeta blue green yellow silver gold models magazine print ad party ball

Charles James vintage fashion 50s style formal wear evening gown long dress off shoulder one shoulder strapless silk satin taffeta blue green yellow silver gold models magazine print ad party ball

A Cecil Beaton photograph of models in Charles James gowns for American Vogue, 1948

A Cecil Beaton photograph of models in Charles James gowns for American Vogue, 1948

Charles James - Couturier - Robe de Soirée - 'Ruban' - Camaïeu Doré -1938 - 1940

Charles James - Couturier - Robe de Soirée - 'Ruban' - Camaïeu Doré -1938 - 1940

"Petal" Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1951 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 60 in. (152.4 cm)

"Petal" Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1951 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 60 in. (152.4 cm)

Evening jacket Charles James  (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)  Date: 1930s Culture: American. Front

Evening jacket Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1930s Culture: American. Front

Evening dress, Charles Jame, 1939; silk, synthetic. -The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening dress, Charles Jame, 1939; silk, synthetic. -The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Charles James Butterfly Gowns, 1950s. Although he had salons in London an Paris in the 1930s, James was an influential American designer that opened a custom-made business in New York in the 1940s. Known for lavish ball gowns and architectural shapes, James was considered to be among the most original American designers.

Charles James Butterfly Gowns, 1950s. Although he had salons in London an Paris in the 1930s, James was an influential American designer that opened a custom-made business in New York in the 1940s. Known for lavish ball gowns and architectural shapes, James was considered to be among the most original American designers.

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