With an architetcural approach being at the forefront of the fashion debate again I thought I’d do a post on Charles James, the late American couturier. Like Christobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior, construction was key to his work which could be likened to feats of sartorial engineering. John Galliano cited James as an inspiration for his recent couture outing for the house of Dior but I found it almost too literal and tenuous at the same time. I see more of it in say Francisco Costa’s autumn-winter 2011 collection for Calvin Klein or in the structured coats of Narcisco Rodriguez showed at New York last week. Interestingly, both old and new were/are loved by the uptown society set_

Calvin Klein Autumn-Winter 2011

Narciso Rodriguez Autumn-Winter 2011

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The Genius of Charles James (Henry Holt & Co – November 1984), Elisabeth Ann Coleman


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