Charles James : Beyond Fashion

by Harold Koda

Other authorsGlenn Petersen (Contributor), Jan Glier Reeder (Author.), Ralph Rucci (Foreword), Sarah Scaturro (Contributor)
Paperback, 2014




New York : The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [2014]

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This heavy, large coffee table book is incredible. I found this gem at the Bethlehem Library and brought it home to take time to enjoy all the lovely ball gowns and dresses. This is the show piece from an May 8-August 10, 2014 exhibit at the New York Metropolitan Art Museum Costume Institute. How I wish I would have seen this marvelous display.

The images are lush and exceedingly beautiful. I never heard of Charles James, but hope to visit the Met in the upcoming months to see if any of the gowns are still on display. The book notes that the gowns were taken from the Brooklyn Custome Institute and given to the Met. Many of the gowns were worn in the late 1940-early 1950's by New York high society women and the rich and famous of Europe.

With no formal training, Charles James made very intricate designs using just the right materials to highlight the female figure.
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