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Photos: Charles James's Amazing Gowns At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

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Charles James Ball Gowns, 1948 (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton/Vogue/Conde Nast Archive. Copyright Conde Nast)


Charles James with Model, 1948 (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton/Vogue/Conde Nast Archive. Copyright Conde Nast)


Gowns at the Anna Wintour Costume Center (Metropolitan Museum of Art)


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)


Charles James Butterfly Gown, 1954 (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's)



Austine Hearst in Charles James Clover Leaf Gown, ca. 1953 (Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photographer Unknown, Copyright Bettman/CORBIS)


Charles James: "Clover Leaf" Evening Dress (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis)


Elettra Wiedemann modeling the Clover Leaf gown earlier this year (Getty Images)


Babe Paley in Charles James Gown, 1950 (Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by John Rawlings, Rawlings/Vogue/Conde Nast Archive, Copyright Conde Nast)


Charles James, 1952 (Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Michael A. Vaccaro/LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Look Job 52-1129, Frame-18)


Charles James, 1936 (Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's)



Charles James: Butterfly Ball Gown, ca. 1955 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis)


Charles James: Ball Gown, 1949-50 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis)


Charles James: Evening Dress, 1946 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis)


Charles James: Evening Dress, 1948 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis)


Charles James: "Taxi" Dress, ca. 1932 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Karin Willis)


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The <a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-collections/159583">"Tree" dress</a> (<a href="http://saimokhtari.com/">Sai Mokhtari</a>/Gothamist)


The <a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-collections/159583">"Tree" dress</a> (<a href="http://saimokhtari.com/">Sai Mokhtari</a>/Gothamist)


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