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Charles James: Beyond Fashion

The corset-like bodice and asymmetrical apron wrap over pleated ruffles are reminiscent of late Victorian bustle dresses, a common theme in James's work. Although the museum can't confirm the anecdote, James often described a fashion show finale in which eight clients who owned this gown paraded down the runway on the arms of tuxedoed escorts carrying bouquets of roses!

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art

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