Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Sample made for Samuel Winston
Purchase, Costume Institute Benefit Fund, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, and Acquisitions Fund, 2013
Not on view
This body-conscious sheath is shaped at the bodice with curving seams that are closer together at the apex of the bust than typical princess seams and are angled to the center waist. The skirt, with a right side seam conventionally placed and a left side seam shifted far to the left back and hidden in a carefully draped flare, demonstrates James’s flair for asymmetry and the unexpected. The dress was part of the ready-to-wear collection James designed for Samuel Winston.