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Evening dress, Tree, 1957. Silk taffeta. Charles James, New York. Gift of Mrs. William Cameron

Evening dress, Tree, 1957. Silk taffeta. Charles James, New York. Gift of Mrs. William Cameron

This Charles James gown from 1949 is really interesting! I see belle epoch in the bodice and 1870s in the skirt. What caught your eye ?

This Charles James gown from 1949 is really interesting! I see belle epoch in the bodice and 1870s in the skirt. What caught your eye ?

1948 Charles James Silk Ball gown. This man was TRUELY (Probably spelt that wrong) a MASTER

1948 Charles James Silk Ball gown. This man was TRUELY (Probably spelt that wrong) a MASTER

The petal ball gown, a variant on a dress first made for Millicent Rogers in 1949, is typical of James's interst in deriving designs from nature, at least purportedly, with such biomorphic forms and names in preparatory sketches, including the tree, butterfly, swan, and clover-leaf

The petal ball gown, a variant on a dress first made for Millicent Rogers in 1949, is typical of James's interst in deriving designs from nature, at least purportedly, with such biomorphic forms and names in preparatory sketches, including the tree, butterfly, swan, and clover-leaf

Another view of dress pinned eariler.  1950 silk gown, from the Met's collection, attributed to Edward Molyneux/Jacques Griffe.  Fabulous cut and color--NOT an attractive mannequin!

Another view of dress pinned eariler. 1950 silk gown, from the Met's collection, attributed to Edward Molyneux/Jacques Griffe. Fabulous cut and color--NOT an attractive mannequin!

~Cocktail dress Charles James  (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)  Manufacturer: (sample made for) Samuel Winston Date: 1952–53 Culture: American. Back~

~Cocktail dress Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Manufacturer: (sample made for) Samuel Winston Date: 1952–53 Culture: American. Back~

Designer: Charles James  1906-1978  Medium: Black velvet and silk satin  Date: 1951

Designer: Charles James 1906-1978 Medium: Black velvet and silk satin Date: 1951

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