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Ball gown

Designer:
Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Date:
1950–52
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk
Dimensions:
Length at CB: 64 in. (162.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Marietta Tree, 1965
Accession Number:
C.I.65.36.1
Not on view
This design incorporates a detail seen in late nineteenth-century dresses: The torso seems to emerge out of the folds of the skirt. In his rendering of the historicist effect, James generated a sophisticated technical solution to conform to his preference for continuous pieces of fabric that are draped, tucked, and darted to fit. The fabric is shaped and fitted over the hips of the torso to become the draped apron.
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