My love for Charles James

Charles James 1948 Collection – Portrait by Cecil Beaton for Vogue

If you are a fashionista, who knows and study fashion’s history but never heard about Charles James I have no idea where have you been and what did you study.

Charles James is the America’s first Couturier.
Just like Gabrielle Chanel, he start creating hats (in Chicago, 1026) and than moved to NYC (1928) where started to create his first dresses.


Charles is really important, probably more than you can imagine.
He influenced Monsieur Dior to create the New Look, even Galliano (while working for Dior) made a collection inspired on his creations allowed to Dior ones.. BUT DIOR AND JAMES HAVE A LONG HISTORY, I WOUKLD NEED ONE POST JUSTO FOR THEM!!

Brilliant developing new forms in fabric, Charles works was compared to that of an architect or a sculptor. Actually, he used to develop his designs as sculptures projects, bringing back romanticism and glamour to american fashion.




James is one of those rare, truly iconoclastic designers.  He was fascinated with cut and construction, experimenting with new shapes.

As you should imagine by now, he really inspire designer nowadays with his forms (like the Arc Sleeves and the Butterfly Dress, my favorite BTW).


He had his Golden Years in the 40’s, in Paris, when he showed his most brillant collections, mostly the in 1947 and 1948.
He is famous for his sculpted ball gowns made of lavish fabrics and to exacting tailoring standards, but is also remembered for his capes and coats, often trimmed with fur and embroidery, his spiral zipped dresses, and his white satin quilted jackets.


I fell in love in the moment I discover about him, and now can’t stop researching about.

I hope you got in love too.



Filed under Fashion, Fashion's History, Inspiration, Personalities

4 responses to “My love for Charles James

  1. Stunning pieces and use of colour.

  2. Gosh that is a real history lesson there. Interesting to see the shapes originally, and understand how influential they remain, today. Great post!

  3. AllieMcC

    Thanks so much for all the C.J. images. I had heard of him, and seen a few of the gowns, but just now starting to learn more and becoming obsessed….

  4. Ah thank you for this! I was doing a little research into James Charles for my coursework and was completely uninterested until I read this blog post.

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