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
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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
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
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