1. A preciously cute short-sleeved blouse by the incomparable Charles James, 1946.

    A preciously cute short-sleeved blouse by the incomparable Charles James, 1946.

  2. A 1944 Charles James dressing gown made of bias-cut strips of silk resulting in a very cool zig-zag hemline.

    A 1944 Charles James dressing gown made of bias-cut strips of silk resulting in a very cool zig-zag hemline.

  3. A one shouldered variation of Charles James’ “Ribbon” evening dress. This skirt has much richer colors than the other versions of this dress I’ve seen. Because James produced his dresses for longer periods of time than most couturiers, this dress could have been made anywhere between 1945 and 1955.

    A one shouldered variation of Charles James’ “Ribbon” evening dress. This skirt has much richer colors than the other versions of this dress I’ve seen. Because James produced his dresses for longer periods of time than most couturiers, this dress could have been made anywhere between 1945 and 1955.

  4. Last for tonight, a lovely bustled evening dress by the brilliant  Charles James, 1944.

    Last for tonight, a lovely bustled evening dress by the brilliant Charles James, 1944.

  5. 1939 ‘La Sirène’ evening dress by Charles James.

    1939 ‘La Sirène’ evening dress by Charles James.

  6. An exquisite “Spiral” evening dress designed by the incomparable Charles James, 1950.

    An exquisite “Spiral” evening dress designed by the incomparable Charles James, 1950.

  7. A 1945 “Lyre” Coat, masterfully sculpted by Charles James, another of my favorite designers.

    A 1945 “Lyre” Coat, masterfully sculpted by Charles James, another of my favorite designers.

  8. An incredibly constructed 1951 jacket designed by Charles James.

    An incredibly constructed 1951 jacket designed by Charles James.