"Four-Leaf Clover" ball gown, 1953  Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)   Silk: Ivory Duchesse satin; ivory faille; black velvet (velours de Lyon); synthetic: nylon mesh Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Cornelius V. Whitney, 1953 (2009.300.779)

"Four-Leaf Clover" ball gown, 1953 Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Silk: Ivory Duchesse satin; ivory faille; black velvet (velours de Lyon); synthetic: nylon mesh Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Cornelius V. Whitney, 1953 (2009.300.779)

Charles James Butterfly Gowns, 1950s. Although he had salons in London an Paris in the 1930s, James was an influential American designer that opened a custom-made business in New York in the 1940s. Known for lavish ball gowns and architectural shapes, James was considered to be among the most original American designers.

Charles James Butterfly Gowns, 1950s. Although he had salons in London an Paris in the 1930s, James was an influential American designer that opened a custom-made business in New York in the 1940s. Known for lavish ball gowns and architectural shapes, James was considered to be among the most original American designers.

Evening gown Charles James, designer British-American, 1906-1978 Evening gown…

Evening gown Charles James, designer British-American, 1906-1978 Evening gown…

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. Copyright © Condé Nast

Dress  Charles James, 1950  The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I can see this on Ava Gardner.

Dress Charles James, 1950 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I can see this on Ava Gardner.

"Petal" gown, Charles James (1951).

"Petal" gown, Charles James (1951).

Charles James vintage fashion 50s style formal wear evening gown long dress off shoulder one shoulder strapless silk satin taffeta blue green yellow silver gold models magazine print ad party ball

Charles James vintage fashion 50s style formal wear evening gown long dress off shoulder one shoulder strapless silk satin taffeta blue green yellow silver gold models magazine print ad party ball

Charles James c1944, possibly from an earlier design | The Met

Charles James c1944, possibly from an earlier design | The Met

Charles James - 1957 - Chicago History Museum

Charles James - 1957 - Chicago History Museum

"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, 1906–1978) Date: 1951 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 60 in. (152.4 cm)

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

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

Charles James - 1930s - Evening jacket

Charles James - 1930s - Evening jacket

Charles James : Fashion, History | The Red List

Charles James : Fashion, History | The Red List

Evening dress, Charles Jame, 1939; silk, synthetic. -The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2013.406 (front)

Evening dress, Charles Jame, 1939; silk, synthetic. -The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2013.406 (front)

Evening jacket Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)  Date: 1937–38 Culture: American. Front sideway

Evening jacket Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: 1937–38 Culture: American. Front sideway

1951, no attribution but screams Charles James to me.

1951, no attribution but screams Charles James to me.

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