Charles Jamesby Richard Martin
Charles James is fashion�s best kept secret. Though largely unknown to the general public, he is one of the fashion world�s most admired couturiers. The inventor of American haute couture in the 1930s, James�s special talent was to combine the science of design with the eroticism of fashion. With his magnificently sculpted dresses, he celebrated an ideal of female beauty though carefully engineered boning and padding and an unrestrained use of romantic, luxurious fabric. A difficult, temperamental man James died poor and unfeted but his work has continued to bewitch, influence, and inspire subsequent generations of designers.
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