Charles James “Butterfly” 1954 detail.  The Butterfly’s enormous skirt is held in place at the rear with two structured side wings made from nylon mesh, plastic boning, and horsehair.

Charles James' “Butterfly” dress ~ the enormous skirt is held in place at the rear with two structured side wings made from nylon mesh, plastic boning, and horsehair.

Charles James Butterfly Gowns, 1950s. Although he had salons in London an Paris in the 1930s, James was an influential American designer that opened a custom-made business in New York in the 1940s. Known for lavish ball gowns and architectural shapes, James was considered to be among the most original American designers.

Charles James Butterfly Gowns, New York Lavish ball gowns and architectural shapes.

<p>Alternating sections of supple gleaming charmeuse, crisp shimmering taffeta, and stiff matte faille determine the shape, movement, and visual appeal of this ball gown. Elaborating on the concept of his early garments constructed from antique silk ribbons, James used lengths of fabric to construct the skirt of this dress

Charles James produced some of the most memorable garments ever made. He began his design career in the It peaked between the late and mid- when his scarce and highly original gowns were sought after by society's most prominent women

Charles James

Charles James 1954 in., cm) Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jean de Menil, 1955 gorgeous emerald green vintage gown!

James covered the surface of this 1952 dress with tiny jet bugle beads. The voluminous interior skirt, however, is made from many layers of fine tulle, ranging in color from black to orange to yellow. When the wearer danced or walked, bright flashes of tulle would peep out to flirt with her companions.

Charles James, Infanta dress c. 1952 This dress is called Infanta, or sometimes Williamsburg, referring to skirts worn at two different times in history. Infanta was a title used by royal women in the.

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

Cocktail dress Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Manufacturer: (sample made for) Samuel Winston Date: Culture: American Medium: silk

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

The Met - Charles James black velvet & silk satin 'petal' ballgown (American),

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