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Charles James “Butterfly,” front view

Charles James “Butterfly,” front view

ICHi-63458 The Butterfly is one of the most stunning and sculptural dresses James designed, and...

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Uploaded on May 21, 2008

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Charles James “Butterfly,” detail

Charles James “Butterfly,” detail

ICHi-63465 The Butterfly’s enormous skirt is held in place at the rear with two structured side...

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Uploaded on May 21, 2008

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Charles James “Butterfly,” back view

Charles James “Butterfly,” back view

ICHi-63465 Only five examples of the Butterfly are known to exist. This version was made in 1954...

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Uploaded on Oct 23, 2008

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Charles James "Infanta," front view

Charles James "Infanta," front view

James covered the surface of this 1952 dress with tiny jet bugle beads. The voluminous interior...

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Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011

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Charles James "Infanta," back detail

Charles James "Infanta," back detail

The name “Infanta” refers to the wide skirts worn by the princesses [Infantas]...

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Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011

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Charles James "Tree," side view

Charles James "Tree," side view

ICHi-64702 This version of the Tree was executed in 1957. It is an example of James’ ability...

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Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011

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Charles James "Tree," front view

Charles James "Tree," front view

ICHi-64701 The name of the dress does not refer to the beautiful bark-like ruching it displays,...

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Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011

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Charles James "Swan"

Charles James "Swan"

To understand the Swan, the CHM took the dress to Children's Memorial Hospital and performed a CT...

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Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011

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Charles James "Tree," CT scan

Charles James "Tree," CT scan

ICHi-64784 To understand the Tree, the CHM took the dress to the Field Museum of Natural History...

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Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011

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Antonio Lopez sketch of Charles James design

Antonio Lopez sketch of Charles James design

ICHi-62830 Antonio Lopez was a well-known fashion artist in 1970s New York. He became one...

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Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011

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James examining drawings/papers at CHM, 1970s

James examining drawings/papers at CHM, 1970s

ICHi-64758 Charles James made several visits before his 1978 death to the CHM’s predecessor, the...

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Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011

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