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.

21 Ferocious Gowns Fit For An Evil Queen

"Four-Leaf Clover" ball gown, 1953 Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Silk: Ivory Duchesse satin;

Evening Gown, Charles James: 1951, silk chiffon, silk satin and nylon chiffon. "Charles James, considered an architect of dress, was obsessed with the nuances of his complicated constructed designs. This gown, with its massive billowing skirt, is composed of layer upon layer of silk, boning, horsehair, and crinoline." LACMA Collections Online

Evening Gown, Charles James: 1951 ("Charles James, considered an architect of…

"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.

Charles James - Couturier - Robe de Soirée - 'Ruban' - Camaïeu Doré -1938 - 1940

This dress, designed by Charles James, is made with vertical strips of fabric. The shape and structure is formed by how wide or narrow each of the strips is cut.

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

OH MY!!! Charles James theatrical corset, 1950-1959. Collection of MFIT.

Charles James theatrical corset, Collection at Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology NYC -BL

Evening Jacket Charles James, 1936 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening jacket Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Date: Culture: American. Front No. This is a great villainess piece.

Evening dress, Charles James, 1939; silk, synthetic. -The Metropolitan Museum of Rat

Dinner dress Charles James (American, born Great Britain, Date: 1939 Culture: American Medium: silk, synthetic.

A model in a Charles James evening gown, 1948,Charles James Iconic - Marie Claire

Iconic Looks from American Couturier Charles James

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.

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

a Charles James evening dress possibly from an earlier design. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.

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