Event Title

The Genius of Charles James

Mentor 1

Jeffrey A. Lieder

Location

Fireside Lounge

Start Date

24-4-2015 2:00 PM

Description

The intent of this project was to study the genius of Charles James – and attempt to replicate his work. Although his garment designs both exemplify and transcend the time period in which they were created, the true beauty lies in his understructure. Having begun his work as a milliner, James incorporated the sculptural techniques used in hat making in his dress design. / / Upon completion of this independent study, I have: / / -researched the various techniques Charles James used in bringing the designs that he created on paper to fruition. / -gained a greater understanding in use of fabric as a structural component, utilizing grain line, / quilting, layering and the use of different textiles to achieve shape and provide support. / -gained the ability to conceptualize, organize, plan and execute another designer’s pieces based / on photographs, articles, x-rays and videos of his work. / / On the surface, this dress looks rather simple, although stunning. Upon closer examination, Charles James’ “Four Leaf Clover” dress is many, many layers of fabric, tulle and an extensive foundation of boning and stiff fabric to create the shape of the dress – which can stand on its own without even being on a dress form! / / I’m quite satisfied with the finished product. I think that I was successful in replicating the shape the Mr. Charles did in his gown, and have an even greater appreciation (if that is even possible) for his work, his design and his mastery of fabric as a means of creating structure. /

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Apr 24th, 2:00 PM

The Genius of Charles James

Fireside Lounge

The intent of this project was to study the genius of Charles James – and attempt to replicate his work. Although his garment designs both exemplify and transcend the time period in which they were created, the true beauty lies in his understructure. Having begun his work as a milliner, James incorporated the sculptural techniques used in hat making in his dress design. / / Upon completion of this independent study, I have: / / -researched the various techniques Charles James used in bringing the designs that he created on paper to fruition. / -gained a greater understanding in use of fabric as a structural component, utilizing grain line, / quilting, layering and the use of different textiles to achieve shape and provide support. / -gained the ability to conceptualize, organize, plan and execute another designer’s pieces based / on photographs, articles, x-rays and videos of his work. / / On the surface, this dress looks rather simple, although stunning. Upon closer examination, Charles James’ “Four Leaf Clover” dress is many, many layers of fabric, tulle and an extensive foundation of boning and stiff fabric to create the shape of the dress – which can stand on its own without even being on a dress form! / / I’m quite satisfied with the finished product. I think that I was successful in replicating the shape the Mr. Charles did in his gown, and have an even greater appreciation (if that is even possible) for his work, his design and his mastery of fabric as a means of creating structure. /