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belles of the ball

Master couturier Charles James designed confectionery ball gowns for swans of his day from the likes of Babe Paley to Gloria Vanderbilt. Gone is the era of such old world elegance but with the upcoming Charles James-themed Met Gala on May fifth – and a suggested White Tie dress code – the fashion world will get their Cinderella moment. 17 more words


Charles James, Charles JAMES, CHARLES JAMES!

A couple of great messages popped in my in-box this week.

The first had “Charles James” in the subject and was from my apparently psychic sister inviting me to be her guest at the members-only preview of the  824 more words

Working With Vintage Patterns

Charles James: Beyond Fashion

After designing in his native London, and then Paris, Charles James arrived in New York City in 1940. Though he had no formal training, he is now regarded as one of the greatest designers in America to have worked in the tradition of the Haute Couture. 94 more words


Jimminy Crispies! There's a Charles James Gown in my living room!!

It’s finished! It’s finished!  Okay – so, technically it was finished almost 3 weeks ago.  Since I had another Garrison Ball gown to finish afterwards (for a friend), I’m pretty behind on blogging about this.  811 more words


TBT- Anna at the Met Gala

With the Met Gala a little more than a month away and the theme dedicated to America’s First couturier, Charles James, to say that I’m excited would be an understatement. 171 more words


Tree Progress: SKIRT FLOUNCES!!!! (or - where one's vanity can lead)

You guys, I think this was probably the most fun part of the whole project!  Huge, multi-layered tulle and silk flounces?  YES PLEASE.

I did not have any pattern pieces or measurements for the flounces so I had to wing it.  1,013 more words