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"Gothic"

Designer:
Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Date:
1954
Culture:
American
Medium:
cotton
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. John de Menil, 1957
Accession Number:
2009.300.823
Not on view
This full-sewn muslin is associated with Charles James' Coty-Award winning coat design. The holdings of the collection include a day (2009.300.3572) and an evening version (2009.300.582).

The Charles James holdings include an extraordinary collection of sewn muslins and flat patterns that represent James' design process from original concept to the finished garment. At his behest, three of his most devoted clients, Millicent Huttleston Rogers, Mrs. John (Dominique) de Menil, and Mrs. William Randolph (Austine) Hearst, Jr., along with several others, donated this supporting material along with the actual garments. In some cases, the garments are accompanied by materials that represent all of James' design phases-two flat patterns (paper and muslin), and two sewn muslins (half and full).
Marking: Each pattern piece is stamped in ink: "Charles James"
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