Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Ribbon

Designer:
Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Date:
1946
Culture:
American
Medium:
rayon/wool, silk
Dimensions:
Length at CB: 58 1/2 in. (148.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1954
Accession Number:
2009.300.1187
Not on view

Alternating sections of supple gleaming charmeuse, crisp shimmering taffeta, and stiff matte faille determine the shape, movement, and visual appeal of this ball gown. Elaborating on the concept of his early garments constructed from antique silk ribbons, James used lengths of fabric to construct the skirt of this dress. The variance in weight, drape, and light-reflective properties add multidimensional effects to a dress meant for motion. The vanishing-point taper of the gores from hem to waist back exemplify James' virtuoso seaming techniques and affinity for attenuated forms.

Related Objects

Dressing gown

Artist: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1938–40 Medium: silk Accession: 2009.300.674 On view in:Not on view

Bifurcated skirt

Artist: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1944 Medium: silk Accession: 2009.300.675 On view in:Not on view

Evening dress

Artist: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1948 Medium: silk Accession: 2009.300.734 On view in:Not on view

Muslin

Artist: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1947–49 Medium: cotton Accession: 2009.300.760a, b On view in:Not on view

Muslin

Artist: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1945 Medium: cotton Accession: 2009.300.745 On view in:Not on view