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This is a Charles James 4 leaf clover ball gown. It was inspired by the cage crinoline era with two separate understructures of boning. Skirts weighed about 15 lbs, but sits comfortably on the hips. It was not completed in time for Austine Hearst to wear to the Eisenhower Inaugural Ball in 1953.

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"Four-Leaf Clover" ball gown, 1953 Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Silk: Ivory Duchesse satin;

"Petal" Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1951 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 60 in. (152.4 cm)

"Petal" Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Date: 1951 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 60 in.

Evening Dress Charles James, 1956 The Cincinnati Art Museum

Evening Dress Charles James, 1956 The Cincinnati Art Museum (OMG that dress!)

Evening Dress Artist/Maker:Charles James (English, designer Place:New York/New York/United States Classification:Women's Main Dress: Majority of Body/Costume and Accessory Medium:black silk velvet, off-white silk faille

Evening Gown, Charles James: 1951, silk chiffon, silk satin and nylon chiffon. "Charles James, considered an architect of dress, was obsessed with the nuances of his complicated constructed designs. This gown, with its massive billowing skirt, is composed of layer upon layer of silk, boning, horsehair, and crinoline." LACMA Collections Online

Evening Gown, Charles James: 1951 ("Charles James, considered an architect of…

Evening dress, Charles Jame, 1939; silk, synthetic. -The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2013.406 (front)

Dinner dress Designer: Charles James Date: 1939 Culture: American Medium: silk, synthetic Accession Number: jαɢlαdy

Note: technical aspects of the "Four leaf clover" type dress ______________________________________ Charles James - technical details

charles-james-four-leaf-clover-gown Bodice corset with wrappers, "clover" solid condoms, as bottom. Try bonding with light fabric, gauze?

Cocktail dress Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1953–54 Culture: American Medium: silk. Front

Underrated and fabulous Charles James (Chicago had an exhibit of his gowns before NYC did, fyi): Cocktail dress Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Date: Culture: American Medium: silk.

Charles James – Architectural Engineer  |  Coletterie

Black and petal pink evening dress! Elegant, sexy and classic! Charles James Petal Gown 1951 by Digirrl

Evening dress, Charles James, 1939; silk, synthetic. -The Metropolitan Museum of Rat

Dinner dress Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Date: 1939 Culture: American Medium: silk, synthetic.

A Cecil Beaton photograph for 1948 American Vogue of Charles James gowns. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast

A Cecil Beaton photograph for 1948 American Vogue of Charles James gowns. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive.

Evening Jacket Charles James, 1936 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening jacket Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Date: Culture: American. Front No. This is a great villainess piece.

Charles James Evening dress of gray pearl silk chiffon over silk satin. Bodice has wide straps and draped chiffon. Skirt also has draped chiffon swagged around hips and brought to back in seam. (back view)

Evening dress 1951 Evening dress of gray pearl silk chiffon over silk satin. Bodice has wide straps and draped chiffon. Skirt also has draped chiffon swagged around hips and brought to back in seam.