The American couturier Charles James was noted for his breathtakingly sculptural creations. A James gown, like this famous Four-Leaf Clover, was a masterful blending of romantic Belle Epoque elegance and sexy mid-twentieth-century glamour. His beginnings as a milliner informed his most spectacular effects, relying as they did on a layered infrastructure of nylon mesh, feather-boning, buckram, and horsehair braid. A James gown did not require hoops and crinolines to hold its form; it could literally stand on its own.


  • Title: Evening dress
  • Creator: Charles James
  • Date Created: 1953
  • Physical Dimensions: Length at CB: 47 1/2 in. (120.7 cm) Weight: 10 lbs. (4.54 kg)
  • Type: Evening dress
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Collection Online
  • Medium: silk, silk/rayon
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: Gift of Elizabeth Fairall, 1953
  • Creator Death Date: 1978
  • Creator Birth Date: 1906
  • Accession Number: C.I.53.73

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