• Charles James: Portrait of an ‘Unreasonable' Designer

    6 monthes ago - By WWD

    This is what the fashion world owes Charles James: down jackets; the wrap dress; bold shoulders; cocoon coats; zippered dresses; bustles and other Victorian or Edwardian elements in modern fashion; unusual color combinations such as ice blue with amber and pale rose; ribboned cloaks, along with synthetic fabrics.
    James is probably best known for his flamboyant evening gowns, which were built upon complex structures, such as the four-leaf-clover gown and the telephone evening dress. But he also designed the first sports bra for Mary Ellen Hecht, a department store heiress who was a niece of...
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