With the Spring 2012 Couture shows going on in Paris, it seemed fitting to visit the Charles James ‘Genius Deconstructed’ exhibit at the Chicago History Museum.
It was fascinating to get a closer look into the construction of his gowns, that made him the couturiers’ couturier. ‘Coco’ Chanel was one of his clients, and Charles was credited as inspiration by Christian Dior for his 1947 New Look collection. Each garment is created with intense, complex, internal construction (shown through CT scans!). He was truly a visionary, and a design genius.
“Cut in dressmaking is like grammar in language. A good design should be like a well-made sentence.” -Charles James, 1933
Photographs are not allowed in the exhibit so you must go see it for yourself.
First mentioned here (http://projectintern.tumblr.com/post/14051363218/i-am-completely-fascinated-by-charles-james-he)