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The Genius of Charles James [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Ann Coleman

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Co (November 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0030625882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030625886
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 23.6 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,107,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Charles James the Genius and the Tragedy Feb. 9 2010
By Chic Savage - Published on Amazon.com
In the world of American High Fashion, particularly the rare realm of Haute Couture, Charles James is the gold standard. Here in the United States where there have been such few Couturier such as an Oleg Cassini, Arnold Scassi, and James Galanos, Mr. James remains a virtually isolated example of the Art of Haute Couture practiced in this country. His creations were of such exceptional craftsmanship that he inspired the likes of French Couturier CRISTOBAL BALENCIAGA and CHRISTIAN DIOR.

To date, this exhibition catalog remains the definitive look at the work of Mr. James highlighting both the highs and lows of this Master. It is filled with glorious images of his work and details of his process, the latter of which was what prevented him from reaching the ultimate heights of Haute Couture, the business of Fashion, and a thriving Ready-to-Wear concern. He was his own worst critic and enemy, taking too long within the confines of commerce to deliver a completed dress and often times, being the perfectionist he was, taking-back a delivered creation to re-work it, or worse, deliver the same creation to another patron.

Mr. James was that rare talent so missing from the present landscape of mediocrities and pseudo-designers such as Sean John, Beyonce, or Jessica Simpson. One of Mr. James' creations is worth the entire output of so many, especially the likes of the aforementioned.

This volume is an essential for anyone's library and is a joy to read and treasure.

With the growing renewed interest in the work of Mr. James, perhaps, RIZZOLI will create a sumptuous new volume, at least, I hope so.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Genius of Charles James Feb. 15 2012
By hazeleyes - Published on Amazon.com
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A friend recently viewed the Charles James exhibit at the Chicago History Museum and gave me the exhibition catalog. James was still alive when I moved to Chicago but I never heard of him until now. The picture of just one amazing dress in the exhibit was enough to send me googling to discover whether there was more Charles James material. This book, THE GENIUS OF CHARLES JAMES, is what I chose to begin with. It was pricey but fortunately I found a nicely-priced gently-used copy that I received very quickly, well protected for shipping. The book appears to be excellent, with many photographs and lots of text. I haven't yet begun to read it but I'm thrilled to have it in order to learn more about Mr. James, and his extraordinary life and work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius at Work Dec 21 2012
By Jin He - Published on Amazon.com
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Far and above Genius compared with most couturiere's, James escalated couture into Art; he didn't even care if the gown was ever really worn, just that it existed was enough for him. He was a one and only, and a true Artist, and he didn't stop or start with garments, but like Mies van der Rohe, the architect, he designed the room to "show it off", the Whole -Nine -Yards approach. He is tough to study but it's worth it. His ideas stemed from the anatomy and sexuality of the woman, all of both were incorporated into the final result of a gown. His "The Swan" gown is an excellent example. Take a look.

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