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.
LOVE YOU, ANGELS!!