"Spiral" Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: ca. 1950 Culture: American Medium: silk

Charles James | "Spiral" | American | The Met

Charles James produced some of the most memorable garments ever made. He began his design career in the It peaked between the late and mid- when his scarce and highly original gowns were sought after by society's most prominent women

Evening coat Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1947 Culture: American Medium: silk

Evening coat Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Date: 1947 Culture: American Medium: silk

Coat (back view) | Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906-1978) | Material: wool | United States, 1954 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Coat (back view) | Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906-1978) | Material: wool | United States, 1954 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Evening dress, 1945  Charles James

Evening dress Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Date: 1945 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 60 in. cm) Length at CB (b): 20 in.

Dress Charles James, 1946 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress Charles James, 1946 The Metropolitan Museum of Art (OMG that dress!)

Cinch in waist and I'd totally wear!Dress Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Date: 1946 Culture: American Medium: silk

Dinner suit (image 2) | Charles James | American | 1951 | silk |  Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: 2009.300.214a, b

Charles James produced some of the most memorable garments ever made. He began his design career in the It peaked between the late and mid- when his scarce and highly original gowns were sought after by society& most prominent women

Dinner dress (image 2) | Charles James | American | 1954 | silk, synthetic | Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: 2009.300.296a–c

Charles James produced some of the most memorable garments ever made.

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Evening coat Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1949 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 40 1/2 in. (102.9 cm)

Evening coat Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Date: 1949 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 40 in.

Dinner suit, Charles James, 1950; wool, silk. A combination of skirt and pants, the innovative design wraps one leg like a trouser and crosses over in front to cover the other like a skirt.

Dinner suit

Unusual mixtures of fabrics and textures were integral to the James aesthetic. Here, a versatile combination of daytime gray flannel dressed up with silk faille allows for the transition from late day to evening. Date: 1950

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