Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Length at CB: 59 in. (149.9 cm)
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1949
Not on view
This half-sewn muslin represents one of the most intricate of Charles James' designs, the Ribbon dress, two examples of which are in the collection. The most significant aspect of this dress is its construction: the skirt panels are 12 inches wide at the bottom and converge to a mere 1/4 inch at the waist.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).
Artist / Maker / Culture
Object Type / Material
Date / Era