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Meet Charles James, Star of the 2014 Met Gala - The Cut

Charles James Butterfly Gown, 1954 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

Model reading music in evening gown by Charles James, 1950. James looked upon his dresses as works of art, as did many of his customers.

Model reading music in evening gown by Charles James, 1950. James looked upon his dresses as works of art, as did many of his customers.

Princess Diana arriving at the Leicester Square world premiere of James Bond film 'The Living Daylights'

Diana, Princess of Wales, arriving at the Leicester Square world premiere of James Bond film 'The Living Daylights'. Diana reminds me of Cinderella here.

"Petal" by Charles James, 1951  From the Metropolitan Museum of Art Pinterest

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, ~ "Petal" ~ 1951 ~ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Dress Charles James Manufacturer: (sample made for) Samuel Winston Date: Culture: American Medium: silk Accession Number: b

Shortly after Georgia O'Keeffe's sexually infused art was featured in a retrospective, James created this design, which "merged his passions for historical styles and erotic sartorial markers," according to the museum. "The shawled overskirt frames the cascade of drapery on the underskirt in an O’Keeffe-like allusion to the primary site of feminine sexuality and procreation."

Charles James: Beyond Fashion

Shortly after Georgia O'Keeffe's sexually infused art was featured in a retrospective, James created this design, which "merged his passions for

Suit: Designer: Charles James Red silk with gold metallic threads Date: 1955 Country: USA The Pagoda Suit of 1955 exemplifies James' sculptural vision, which simultaneously abstracts and flatters the female form. James' color sensibility is equally sophisticated. In this case, red silk brocade with a gold floral pattern evokes what the artist Jean Cocteau called "the red and gold disease" - an obsessive passion for the theatre... Object Number: 92.145.1

1955 Charles James red silk, with gold metallic threads, pagoda suit. USA Museum at FIT New York.

Charles James 1952-54

Evening dress Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Manufacturer: (sample made for) Samuel Winston Date: Culture: American Medium: silk.

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