1. Charles James Ball Gowns, 1948
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast

2. Charles James with Model, 1948
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast

3. Nancy James in Charles James Swan Gown, 1955
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

5. Austine Hearst in Charles James Clover Leaf Gown, ca. 1953
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographer Unknown, © Bettmann/CORBIS

6. Babe Paley in Charles James Gown, 1950
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by John Rawlings, Rawlings / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast

8. Charles James, 1936
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s

Exhibition Catalogue Images:

9. Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
“Butterfly” Ball Gown, ca. 1955
Brown silk chiffon, cream silk satin, brown silk satin, dark brown nylon tulle The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Fund, 2013 (2013.591)
Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis

10.Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Ball Gown, 1949-50
Red silk velvet, red silk satin, white cotton organdy
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1954 (2009.300.2786)

Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis

11.Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Evening Dress, 1946
Black silk-rayon velvet, red silk satin, brown silk faille, black silk crepe
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1954 (2009.300.795)
Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis

12.Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
“Clover Leaf” Evening Dress, 1953
White silk satin, white silk faille, black silk-rayon velvet
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Elizabeth Fairall, 1953 (C.I.53.73) Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis

13.Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
Evening Dress, 1948
Black silk satin and black silk velvet
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1949 (2009.300.734)

Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis

Gallery Views:

15.Gallery View
First Floor Special Exhibition Gallery
Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906-1978)
“Clover Leaf” Ball Gown, 1953
Pink silk faille, copper silk shantung, black silk lace with ivory silk
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Josephine Abercrombie, 1953 (2009.300.784)
Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

16.Gallery View
First Floor Special Exhibition Gallery Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

18.Gallery View

Anna Wintour Costume Center, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

19.Gallery View
Anna Wintour Costume Center, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery Image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art