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.

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

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

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:

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

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.

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

Inspiration: Charles James vintage fashion 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

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, 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.

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