Swan evening dress
A true sculptor of fashion, Charles James would transform women by using boning, corsetry, and layers of fabric to create luxurious gowns with sophisticated silhouettes. French philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky asserts that couture "took a stand against standardization, against uniformity of appearance, against mass mimicry; it upheld and glorified the expression of personal differences."


  • Title: Dress Front of dress
  • Creator: Charles James
  • Creator Birth Date: 1906
  • Creator Death Date: 1978
  • Date Created: 1954
  • Location Created: USA
  • Type: Dress
  • Rights: Copyright The Museum at FIT
  • Medium: Black silk chiffon; ivory satin; black, beige, and brown nylong toole
  • Credit: Gift of Robert Wells In Memory of Lisa Kirk

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