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Charles James
Author: Harold Koda

ISBN: 9780300204360
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 30 April 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 33.0 x 25.4 x 3.0
Description:
"His work went beyond fashion and was a fine art." -a Charles James patron Charles James, often considered to be America's first couturier, was renowned in the 1940s and 1950s as a master at sculpting fabric for the female form and creating fashions that defined mid-century glamour. Although James had no formal training as a dressmaker, he created strikingly original and complex designs, including intricate ball gowns worn by members of high society in New York and Europe. This lavishly illustrated book offers a comprehensive study of James' life and work, highlighting his virtuosity and inventiveness as well as his influence on subsequent fashion designers. Featuring exciting new photography of the spectacular evening dresses James produced between 1947 and 1955, this publication includes enlightening details of these intricate creations alongside vintage photographs and rarely seen archival items, such as patterns, muslins, dress forms, and sketches. A detailed and illustrated chronology of James' life describes his magnetic personality, his unorthodox design processes, his colorful supporters-such as Salvador Dali, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, and Cristobal Balenci...

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