Tag Archives: Charles James

Eight Memorable Fashion Moments

By Cary O’dell As we all know, fashion comes and…goes.  And, yet, for all its transitory properties, there comes along, once in a while, truly staggering, time-freezing incidents that forever impact not only the world of fashion, the world at … Continue reading

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Mystery Monday: Charles James, American Couturier

Readers, thank you for your patience this past week. Here is the solution to last Monday’s mystery: Happy New Year, Readers! There were some great guesses this week, including the correct answer: Charles James. Historians have described Charles James (1906 … Continue reading

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Fashion in Black & White- Part III, Flowers

In the last two posts, I have introduced how fashion designers structure garments in black and white, and how they explore contrasting ideas of sexuality and feminine models through the use of black and white lace. This week I’d like … Continue reading

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Fashion in Black & White- Part II, Lace

Last week I introduced several examples that show how fashion designers use the combination of black and white to contrast parts of a garment or body and to explore sexual identities. This week I would like show another theme that … Continue reading

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Then & Now

Top: photograph by Cecil Beaton, dresses by Charles James, Vogue, 1948. Bottom: photograph by Mario Testino, Vanity Fair Hollywood issue cover, March 2012.

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New Exhibition: Charles James: Genius Reconstructed

On October 22nd the Chicago History museum will open the exhibition Charles James: Genius Reconstructed curated by Timothy Long, who I interviewed here last year. The exhibition features fifteen iconic dresses from the museum’s collection. Out of these dresses four … Continue reading

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Two new exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum holds a collection of over 4,500 American and European garments, shoes and accessories and hosts four fashion-related exhibitions every year. The exhibition Fashion Independent: The original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor opened February 27th and celebrates the … Continue reading

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Christian Dior and Charles James

After the spring 2010 Christian Dior haute couture show, John Galliano cited a trip to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the inspiration for his collection. Galliano explained, “I was reading that, actually, it was Charles … Continue reading

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