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'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the Metropolitan Museum : Slideshow

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) “Butterfly” Ball Gown, ca. 1955
Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis/Metropolitan Museum of Art
Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978), “Butterfly” Ball Gown, ca. 1955

Brown silk chiffon, cream silk satin, brown silk satin, dark brown nylon tulle
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Fund, 2013 (2013.591)

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978), Ball Gown, 1949-50
Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis/Metropolitan Museum of Art
Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978), Ball Gown, 1949-50

Red silk velvet, red silk satin, white cotton organdy
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1954 (2009.300.2786)

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978), “Clover Leaf” Evening Dress, 1953
Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis/Metropolitan Museum of Art
Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978), “Clover Leaf” Evening Dress, 1953

White silk satin, white silk faille, black silk-rayon velvet
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Elizabeth Fairall, 1953 (C.I.53.73)

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978), Evening Dress, 1948
Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis/Metropolitan Museum of Art
Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978), Evening Dress, 1948

Black silk satin and black silk velvet
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1949 (2009.300.734)

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978), “Taxi” Dress, ca. 1932
Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis/Metropolitan Museum of Art
Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978), “Taxi” Dress, ca. 1932

Black wool ribbed knit
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Alan W. Kornberg Gift, 2013 (2013.309)