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"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” Ballgown Black velvet and silk satin, 1951 Ballgown Black silk chiffon, silk satin, netting, and boning, 1954–55. Charles James

What an amazingly cheeky petticoat detail to such a sophisticated dress. The Metropolitan Museum of Art - "Butterfly" Charles James

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A Primer on Couturier Charles James, the Subject of the Next Costume Institute Exhibit

Reminds me of Camille Grasso's parachute silk gown. The Petal Gown, 1951, Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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