Who Is Charles James?

Long story short: he is an American-based designer who worked in the tradition of haute couture. Born in London, before moving to Paris and New York, his career began in the 1920s, although the Met exhibition will highlight his iconic ball gowns from the '40s and '50s. Those decadent designs — worn by Austine Hearst, Millicent Rogers, and Dominique de Menil — had equally opulent names to match, like "Clover Leaf," "Butterfly," "Tree," "Swan," and "Diamond."

Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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