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Pagoda In James's ranking of his top four creations, the Pagoda came in at number four for its emphasis on the "fine art of tailoring." Originally designed in 1954, Harper's Bazaar featured the suit in its July 1955 issue,

Pagoda In James's ranking of his top four creations, the Pagoda came in at number four for its emphasis on the "fine art of tailoring." Originally designed in 1954, Harper's Bazaar featured the suit in its July 1955 issue,

Suit  Designer:Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date:1933 Culture:American Medium:wool

Suit Designer:Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date:1933 Culture:American Medium:wool

Pagoda In James's ranking of his top four creations, the Pagoda came in at number four for its emphasis on the "fine art of tailoring." Originally designed in 1954, Harper's Bazaar featured the suit in its July 1955 issue,

Pagoda In James's ranking of his top four creations, the Pagoda came in at number four for its emphasis on the "fine art of tailoring." Originally designed in 1954, Harper's Bazaar featured the suit in its July 1955 issue,

Black wool jersey with curved 3/4 sleeve having pinched and angled button cuff, bodice with curved seam incorporating sleeve in two pieces, straight center front seam split to form wired half collar, pencil skirt having two front pleats aligning with bodice seams, and angled folds over hip meeting at center of back over flaring back overskirt with bias cut silk faille lining having rows of diagonal stitching. Grosgrain interior waistband with hook and eye closure, partial silk lining.

Black wool jersey with curved 3/4 sleeve having pinched and angled button cuff, bodice with curved seam incorporating sleeve in two pieces, straight center front seam split to form wired half collar, pencil skirt having two front pleats aligning with bodice seams, and angled folds over hip meeting at center of back over flaring back overskirt with bias cut silk faille lining having rows of diagonal stitching. Grosgrain interior waistband with hook and eye closure, partial silk lining.

Sketch, Charles James, 1950-57; paper, graphite. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009.300.3606)

Sketch, Charles James, 1950-57; paper, graphite. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009.300.3606)

RARE CHARLES JAMES COUTURE DINNER DRESS, 1940’s. Black wool jersey with curved 3/4 sleeve having pinched and angled button cuff, bodice with curved seam incorporating sleeve in two pieces,

RARE CHARLES JAMES COUTURE DINNER DRESS, 1940’s. Black wool jersey with curved 3/4 sleeve having pinched and angled button cuff, bodice with curved seam incorporating sleeve in two pieces,

Charles James | Ensemble | American | The Met

Charles James | Ensemble | American | The Met

Drawing: Wrap overcoat with fur shawl collar, Antonio Lopez illustrates Charles James, Chicago History Museum, Costume and Textile Collection  1974.305.24a

Drawing: Wrap overcoat with fur shawl collar, Antonio Lopez illustrates Charles James, Chicago History Museum, Costume and Textile Collection 1974.305.24a

Black wool jersey with curved 3/4 sleeve having pinched and angled button cuff, bodice with curved seam incorporating sleeve in two pieces, straight center front seam split to form wired half collar, pencil skirt having two front pleats aligning with bodice seams, and angled folds over hip meeting at center of back over flaring back overskirt with bias cut silk faille lining having rows of diagonal stitching. Grosgrain interior waistband with hook and eye closure, partial silk lining.

Black wool jersey with curved 3/4 sleeve having pinched and angled button cuff, bodice with curved seam incorporating sleeve in two pieces, straight center front seam split to form wired half collar, pencil skirt having two front pleats aligning with bodice seams, and angled folds over hip meeting at center of back over flaring back overskirt with bias cut silk faille lining having rows of diagonal stitching. Grosgrain interior waistband with hook and eye closure, partial silk lining.

"Gothic," Charles James, ca. 1953; paper, graphite. - The Metropolitan Museum of Art  2009.300.3642

"Gothic," Charles James, ca. 1953; paper, graphite. - The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2009.300.3642

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