Evening coat

Designer Charles James American

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A complex mix of textures distinguishes this evening coat. James pieced the flat ribbed silk faille with its reverse, a glossy satin, to highlight his ingenious pattern cutting in this coat, with its origami-like folds at the high portrait collar and eccentrically constructed bishop sleeves. The contrast is especially pronounced at the back, where the slick-surfaced satin of the collar yoke and sleeves shines against the faintly dull sheen of the coat’s flaring body.

Evening coat, Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978), silk, American

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