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    Charles James: Beyond Fashion (Metropolitan Museum of Art (Hardcover)) (Hardback) By (author) Harold Koda, By (author) Jan Glier Reeder, Preface by Ralph Rucci, Contributions by Sarah Scaturro, Contributions by Glenn Petersen

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    DescriptionCharles James, often considered to be America's first couturier, was renowned in the 1940s and 1950s as a master at sculpting fabric for the female form and creating fashions that defined mid-century glamour. Although James had no formal training as a dressmaker, he created strikingly original and complex designs, including intricate ball gowns worn by members of high society in New York and Europe. This lavishly illustrated book offers a comprehensive study of James' life and work, highlighting his virtuosity and inventiveness as well as his influence on subsequent fashion designers. Featuring exciting new photography of the spectacular evening dresses James produced between 1947 and 1955, this publication includes enlightening details of these intricate creations alongside vintage photographs and rarely seen archival items, such as patterns, muslins, dress forms and sketches. A detailed and illustrated chronology of James' life describes his magnetic personality, his unorthodox design processes, his colourful supporters - such as Salvador Dali, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, and Cristobal Balenciaga - and profiles of a number of his famous clients, such as Gypsy Rose Lee. With flair and style echoing that of its subject, Charles James brings to life one of the most fascinating and creative figures in American fashion.

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    Charles James
    Beyond Fashion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Harold Koda, By (author) Jan Glier Reeder, Preface by Ralph Rucci, Contributions by Sarah Scaturro, Contributions by Glenn Petersen
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 300
    Width: 254 mm
    Height: 330 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 2,218 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300204360
    ISBN 10: 0300204361

    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BEA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.3
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC V2.8: ART006000
    BIC subject category V2: AKB
    DC22: 746.92092
    LC classification: TT
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15860
    Ingram Subject Code: FG
    BIC subject category V2: AKTH
    B&T Approval Code: A97603600
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: DES005000
    B&T Approval Code: A16370000
    Abridged Dewey: 746
    BISAC V2.8: DES013000
    B&T Approval Code: A97602400
    BISAC V2.8: PHO009000
    DC23: 746.92092
    Thema V1.0: AJ, AKT, AGC, AGA, AKB
    Illustrations note
    300 colour images + 50 black-&-white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    03 June 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Harold Koda is curator in charge and Jan Glier Reeder is consulting curator, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, both at The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    Review quote
    "My work went beyond fashion and was a fine art." (Charles James)"