The Genius of Charles James

COLEMAN, Elizabeth Ann Charles James (illustrator)

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Place Published: New York
Publisher: The Brooklyn Museum
Date Published: 1982

Description: Illustrated throughout in color and b/w. 176 pages. 4to, pictorial wrappers. New York: The Brooklyn Museum & Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1982). First edition. Scarce exhibition catalogue, to date the definitive book on James, depicting both the highs and lows of this Master Courtier. A near fine copy, complete with an invitation to the opening night gala dinner and fashion show.

Comments: "In the world of American High Fashion, particularly the rare realm of Haute Couture, Charles James is the gold standard... and he remains a virtually isolated example of the Art of Haute Couture practiced in this country. His creations were of such exceptional craftsmanship that he inspired the likes of French Couturiers Balenciaga and Dior. Filled with glorious images of his work and details of his process, the latter of which was what prevented him from reaching the ultimate heights of Haute Couture, the business of Fashion, and a thriving Ready-to-Wear concern. He was his own worst critic and enemy, taking too long within the confines of commerce to deliver a completed dress and often times, being the perfectionist he was, taking-back a delivered creation to re-work it, or worse, deliver the same creation to another patron." -- Chic Savage.

Edition: First
Binding: paperback
Condition: fine
Language: English
Type: Books

Book ID: 252912


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