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.

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.

40s pink peach satin gown dress Charles James Dress - 1945 - by Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906-1978) - Silk - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

40s pink peach satin gown dress Charles James Dress - 1945 - by Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906-1978) - Silk - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This is a Charles James 4 leaf clover ball gown. It was inspired by the cage crinoline era with two separate understructures of boning. Skirts weighed about 15 lbs, but sits comfortably on the hips. It was not completed in time for Austine Hearst to wear to the Eisenhower Inaugural Ball in 1953.

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This is a Charles James 4 leaf clover ball gown. It was inspired by the cage crinoline era with two separate understructures of boning. Skirts weighed about 15 lbs, but sits comfortably on the hips. It was not completed in time for Austine Hearst to wear to the Eisenhower Inaugural Ball in 1953.

A Cecil Beaton photograph for 1948 American Vogue of Charles James gowns. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast

A Cecil Beaton photograph for 1948 American Vogue of Charles James gowns. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast

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

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

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 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

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)                                                                                                                                                      More

Cocktail Dress Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) More

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

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

Evening Jacket Charles James, 1936 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening Jacket Charles James, 1936 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Charles James – Architectural Engineer  |  Coletterie

Charles James – Architectural Engineer | Coletterie

"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)

Charles James : Fashion, History | The Red List

Charles James : Fashion, History | The Red List

Evening gown Charles James, designer British-American, 1906-1978 Evening gown, 1955 Silk; cut velvet, satin, taffeta 57.084.1

Evening gown Charles James, designer British-American, 1906-1978 Evening gown, 1955 Silk; cut velvet, satin, taffeta 57.084.1

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