Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Length at CB: 60 in. (152.4 cm)
Gift of Marietta Tree, 1965
Not on view
The petal ball gown, a variant on a dress first made for Millicent Rogers in 1949, is typical of James's interst in deriving designs from nature, at least purportedly, with such biomorphic forms and names in preparatory sketches, including the tree, butterfly, swan, and clover-leaf. But James's hyper-nature was invariably rather more dreamer and fantacist than laboratory biologist.