Lampshade Evening Dress, ca. 1955

This animation, one of 26 created for the 2014 Costume Institute exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion, highlights a notable James design emblematic of his approach to garment construction.

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906­–1978)
Lampshade Evening Dress, ca. 1955
Black rayon velvet and black silk-cotton satin
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009
(2009.300.8522)

Digital design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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