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Who is designer Charles James

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Charles James is a British born fashion designer known as "America's First Couturier." He is widely considered a self-taught designer and master of cutting and is known for his highly structured aesthetic.

He attended Harrow school in the 1919 and opens his first hat shop called “Charles Boucheron". At nineteen in 1926. He moved to London from New York to set up shop in Mayfair.

He was most known for his sculpted ball gowns, lavish fabrics, tailoring standards, capes and coats, trimmed with fur and embroidery, spiral zipped dresses and his white satin quilted jackets.

Charles James is said to have looked upon his dresses as works of art, reworking original designs, ignoring the sacrosanct schedule of seasons. He made sure the components of hi precisely constructed designs were interchangeable and had a never-ending fund of

The fashion world prepares for the opening of legendary American designer Charles "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" is being honored at the Met Gala’s 2014 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala on May 5 with the theme 'White Tie & Decorations

The exhibit includes his iconic ball gowns from the late 1940s and early 1950s—the "Four-Leaf Clover," "Butterfly," "Tree," "Swan," and "Diamond"—will be showcased in the exhibition. The replica of his Clover Leaf ball gown which was originally created for Austine Hearst modeled by Elettra Wiedemann he himself ranked as the best of his creations

For more info go to http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2014/charles-james-beyond-fashion

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