Today I would like to showcase a lesser know designer, Charles James. It is said that Alexander McQueen gained a tremendous amount of inspiration from him.
I had the opportunity to see this exhibit at The Chicago History Museum. The exhibit was rather small, but still incredible. I tried to find where you could order a copy of the exhibit book, but I was unsuccessful. I will continue to look, because if you love construction, this is a book that you should have in your sewing library.
Charles James began his career as a milliner.
Soon, he moved on to creating clothing. The dress below was called La Sirene and was created in 1941."To see things in the seed," the Chinese mystic philosopher Laozi tells us, "that is genius."
"For Charles James, the human body was the seed of his creativity. James saw fashion not as an abstraction or an adornment to cover the body, but as an extension-viscerally and inextricably connected to flesh and bone-of the human form."
A magnificent sleeve.
The photographs do not do this gown justice. The velvet trim is absolutely spectacular in person.
Have a wonderful week.