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"Taxi"

Designer:
Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Date:
ca. 1932
Culture:
American
Medium:
wool, synthetic
Credit Line:
Purchase, Alan W. Kornberg Gift, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.309
Not on view
James considered this dress one of his most important designs, both commercially and artistically. Though difficult to manufacture—one side of the top and the spiral wrap-over skirt being made without seams—it was the first dress to be sold in a department store’s accessories department, along with sweaters, in sealed cellophane packages. It was made in two sizes and sold at Best & Co. in 1933–34 for twenty-two dollars. James conceived the spiral design in 1929, and this sample piece in a novel ribbed wool appears to date from before his commercial version for Best’s, exemplifying how the designer continuously refined his ideas.
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