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Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978). Ball gown, 1954. Silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Jean de Menil, 1955 (2009.300.3522) #CharlesJames

Striped cotton dress by Gilbert Adrian, American, ca. 1944. As a successful designer in the 1940s, Adrian proudly helped to build the reputation of American fashion during that decade. After a prolific career designing Hollywood film costumes, he began designing for his own label in 1941. Adrian celebrated simple, American-made fabrics in his designs, frequently using gingham or simple organdy for evening, as well as daywear. Here, the designer paired red and white striped cotton with red…

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