"Petal" Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1951 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 60 in. (152.4 cm)

"Petal" Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1951 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 60 in. (152.4 cm)

I love this dress. It's actually housed at the Phoenix Musuem of Art. It's even more beautiful in person.

I love this dress. It's actually housed at the Phoenix Musuem of Art. It's even more beautiful in person.

Charles James - Couturier - Robe de Soirée - 'Ruban' - Camaïeu Doré -1938 - 1940

Charles James - Couturier - Robe de Soirée - 'Ruban' - Camaïeu Doré -1938 - 1940

Evening gown Charles James, designer British-American, 1906-1978 Evening gown, 1955 Silk; cut velvet, satin, taffeta 57.084.1

Evening gown Charles James, designer British-American, 1906-1978 Evening gown, 1955 Silk; cut velvet, satin, taffeta 57.084.1

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978). "Four Leaf Clover" Evening Dress, 1953. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Josephine Abercrombie, 1953 (2009.300.784) #CharlesJames

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978). "Four Leaf Clover" Evening Dress, 1953. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Josephine Abercrombie, 1953 (2009.300.784) #CharlesJames

Evening Dress Charles James, 1956 The Cincinnati Art Museum - OMG that dress!

Evening Dress Charles James, 1956 The Cincinnati Art Museum - OMG that dress!

This is a Charles James 4 leaf clover ball gown. It was inspired by the cage crinoline era with two separate understructures of boning. Skirts weighed about 15 lbs, but sits comfortably on the hips. It was not completed in time for Austine Hearst to wear to the Eisenhower Inaugural Ball in 1953.

This is a Charles James 4 leaf clover ball gown. It was inspired by the cage crinoline era with two separate understructures of boning. Skirts weighed about 15 lbs, but sits comfortably on the hips. It was not completed in time for Austine Hearst to wear to the Eisenhower Inaugural Ball in 1953.

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