This is a Charles James 4 leaf clover ball gown. It was inspired by the cage crinoline era with two separate understructures of boning. Skirts weighed about 15 lbs, but sits comfortably on the hips. It was not completed in time for Austine Hearst to wear to the Eisenhower Inaugural Ball in 1953.

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‘Four Leaf Clover’ Ball Gown Charles James 1953 While James’ inspiration for this dress was likely the silhouette supported by a cage crinoline, its construction is far more complex than its.

"Petal" Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1951 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 60 in. (152.4 cm)

"Petal" Designer: Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Date: 1951 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 60 in.

A Cecil Beaton photograph for 1948 American Vogue of Charles James gowns. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast

A Cecil Beaton photograph for 1948 American Vogue of Charles James gowns. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive.

Evening Dress Charles James, 1956 The Cincinnati Art Museum

Evening Dress Charles James, 1956 The Cincinnati Art Museum (OMG that dress!)

Evening Dress Artist/Maker:Charles James (English, designer Place:New York/New York/United States Classification:Women's Main Dress: Majority of Body/Costume and Accessory Medium:black silk velvet, off-white silk faille

Cocktail dress Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1953–54 Culture: American Medium: silk. Front

Cocktail dress Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Date: Culture: American Medium: silk Credit Line: Purchase, Gretchen Jordan Gift, 2013 Accession Number:

Evening dress by Charles James, 1946 - Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening dress by Charles James, 1946 - Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

charles james -- c.1944 -- metropolitan museum of art

Diagonal open back; I've never seen anything quite like it on an evening gown! Designer: Charles James possibly from an earlier design; The Met.

Note: technical aspects of the "Four leaf clover" type dress ______________________________________ Charles James - technical details

Note: technical aspects of the "Four leaf clover" type dress ______________________________________ Charles James - technical details

Evening dress, Charles James,  mid-1930s, silk. - The Metropolitan Museum of Art  2013.305  (back view)

Theatrical Costume Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Date: Culture: American Medium: synthetic.

A wedding dress by Charles James...  Look at the fit.    Charles James, 1934    The Victoria & Albert Museum

Wedding Dress Charles James, 1934 This and all related images from: The Victoria & Albert Museum This wedding gown was worn by Miss Bab.

Evening dress (image 2) | Charles James | American | 1934 | satin | Victoria & Albert Royal Museum | Museum #: T.272-1974

Evening dress

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