The entrance to the exhibit “A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James” features James’s red satin-and-velvet ball gown he designed for Dominique. He also did a version of this dress for Babe Paley and a select group of clients. The iron-framed yellow-and-gray chaise in the background is paired with Max Ernst’s Retour de la belle jardinière. James’s orange dress form for Dominique is on the right. It lived in her dressing room.

The entrance to the exhibit “A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James” features James’s red satin-and-velvet ball gown he designed for Dominique. He also did a version of this dress for Babe Paley and a select group of clients. The iron-framed yellow-and-gray chaise in the background is paired with Max Ernst’s Retour de la belle jardinière. James’s orange dress form for Dominique is on the right. It lived in her dressing room.

Gowns made for Dominique de Menil, furnishings from the Menil home, Surrealist paintings and a dress form are on view in the exhibition "A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James," at the Menil Collection through Sept. 7.

Gowns made for Dominique de Menil, furnishings from the Menil home, Surrealist paintings and a dress form are on view in the exhibition "A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James," at the Menil Collection through Sept. 7.

Charles James evening dress ca. 1946 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Charles James evening dress ca. 1946 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

yohji yamamoto in homage to pina bausch | 'this is my idea for a woman's body. I like the curve of a woman's back. I always watch her silhouette in the streets' . s/s 1992

yohji yamamoto in homage to pina bausch | 'this is my idea for a woman's body. I like the curve of a woman's back. I always watch her silhouette in the streets' . s/s 1992

The manipulation of a garment’s ground fabric is one method that   Americans have used to create ornamentation. Two dramatic   examples are Charles James’s La Sirène evening dress, which is   both ornamented and shaped using horizontal pin tucks, and Isabel   Toledo’s "patchwork" dress, made from several finely fluted panels.   Ralph Rucci’s evening dress is constructed from bands of fabric   knotted on top to create a mesh-covered bodice, then unfurled to   make the 117-piece, gored skirt.

The manipulation of a garment’s ground fabric is one method that Americans have used to create ornamentation. Two dramatic examples are Charles James’s La Sirène evening dress, which is both ornamented and shaped using horizontal pin tucks, and Isabel Toledo’s "patchwork" dress, made from several finely fluted panels. Ralph Rucci’s evening dress is constructed from bands of fabric knotted on top to create a mesh-covered bodice, then unfurled to make the 117-piece, gored skirt.

A rare 30's Charles James piece (be still my beating heart...) Just saw an exhibit of James work deconstructed at the Chicago History Museum. I want to copy his bias dress to pattern

A rare 30's Charles James piece (be still my beating heart...) Just saw an exhibit of James work deconstructed at the Chicago History Museum. I want to copy his bias dress to pattern

Charles James Evening dress 1949-50, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Met

Charles James Evening dress 1949-50, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Met

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