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"Clover Leaf"

Designer:
Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Date:
1953
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk, silk/rayon
Dimensions:
Length at CB: 47 1/2 in. (120.7 cm) Weight: 10 lbs. (4.54 kg)
Credit Line:
Gift of Elizabeth Fairall, 1953
Accession Number:
C.I.53.73
Not on view
The American couturier Charles James was noted for his breathtakingly sculptural creations. A James gown, like this famous Four-Leaf Clover, was a masterful blending of romantic Belle Epoque elegance and sexy mid-twentieth-century glamour. His beginnings as a milliner informed his most spectacular effects, relying as they did on a layered infrastructure of nylon mesh, feather-boning, buckram, and horsehair braid. A James gown did not require hoops and crinolines to hold its form; it could literally stand on its own.
Marking: [label] Charles James 1953
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