DescriptionOur colorful puzzle features Charles James Ball Gowns, an image taken by celebrated photographer Cecil Beaton (British, 1904–1980) for the June 1, 1948 edition of Vogue. This item is produced in conjunction with The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion, which features approximately seventy-five of James’s most notable designs.
Includes 1,000 pieces.
Art HistoryAfter designing in his native London, and also Paris, Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) arrived in New York City in 1940. Though he had no formal training, he is now regarded as one of the greatest designers in America to have worked in the tradition of the Haute Couture. James’s fascination with complex cut and seaming led to the creation of key design elements that he updated throughout his career: wrap-over trousers, figure-eight skirts, body-hugging sheaths, ribbon capes and dresses, spiral-cut garments, and evening dresses with pouf drapery. His unique design process used sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today.