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#1 tailleuse

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:59 PM

Has anyone been to the Charles James show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City?  I plan to go later this week.

 

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:15 PM

Wish I was going.
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Posted 07 August 2014 - 03:04 AM

O.T. I never wore such a dress! What a pity. When I was young - mini was fashion.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 03:16 AM

I'd join you, if I could, Tailleuse.  My girls have always *loved* "over the toe" dresses.  Too bad there are not that many opportunities for that style.  For the most part, we're with you, Posaune.  Lovely to see.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 04:01 AM

Women have more fun with clothes than men do.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:23 AM

But men are better at demanding quality...


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 06:22 AM

O.T. I never wore such a dress! What a pity. When I was young - mini was fashion.

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Those images are heavenly, but I can't say I'd ever want to wear dresses like that.  They look uncomfortable, and Charles James dresses were famously very heavy.


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 06:24 AM

Women have more fun with clothes than men do.

 

There's much more frustration for women as well.  I think men (and some women) tend to see only the glamour.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 06:13 AM

Yes, that would be for a very special occasion.  A rarity.  Life is too busy to dress like that...  I'm glad for the freedom we have to wear what's comfortable and allows movement. 

 

But, Tailluese, you didn't say whether you attended.  How was the show? 


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:35 AM

I went to the press preview in may. The exhibition is stunning and worth a trip to NY just to see it. 

They used a variety of high tech devices along with the dresses. My favorites were downstairs. There were videos that showed the patternwork of the individual dress. They unfolded so that you could see how they would look flat.

 

On the first floor, there are photos of the dresses being worn along with the dresses. 

 

Plan on a multi-hour visit and if possible, return a second day. 

 

While in NY, the Museum of the City of New York (5th and 103rd) has a Gilded Age exhibit with one or two Worth gowns on display. The gowns are rotated so I don't know which are there now. 

 

 


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 03:32 AM

Thank you, Claire.

 

Here is the link to the Museum of New York and the Gilded New York exhibit. 

 

http://www.mcny.org/...gilded-new-york

 

Unrelated, but there's also one on Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile that's interesting.


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 08:42 AM

The Structural Tile exhibit is fascinating.

On the MCNY website, there is an online exhibition on Worth and Mainbocher which includes some tailored garments. There are over 100 garments with some inside photos. 

I sometimes post photos which I made as well as David's photos on my Facebook page. 

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 12:39 AM

James was a masterful tailor. I tried to post some of my photos on the forum but they are too large. Please visit my Facebook page and VintageFashionGuild.org to see them. 

 

I'll have to work on resizing, but must go to work now. C


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 09:52 PM

Some Charles James pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection are being exhibited at the San Francisco Legion of Honor. The name of the exhibit is High Style. They also exhibit a Chanel dress and House of Worth pieces, amongst others. My mother took me to go see the exhibit as she lives in SF. I'll post some of my pics as soon as I can access them.  :sorcerer:  (I believe that the exhibit is going on until July 19th, 2015.)



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Posted 03 June 2015 - 01:42 AM

Some Charles James pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection are being exhibited at the San Francisco Legion of Honor. The name of the exhibit is High Style. They also exhibit a Chanel dress and House of Worth pieces, amongst others. My mother took me to go see the exhibit as she lives in SF. I'll post some of my pics as soon as I can access them.  :sorcerer:  (I believe that the exhibit is going on until July 19th, 2015.)

 

I also went to the High Style exhibition. It was great. Alas, I don't have any photos. 






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