Charles James - I almost think that the muslin with the detail pencil lines in more beautiful than the finished bodice.
Evening jacket (image 4) | Charles James | American | 1930s | silk | Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession #: 2013.288
James, a piano prodigy, manipulated favorite arrangements of structural details into varied compositions, much like musical themes and variations. The neckline, halter, and cap sleeves of this lithe crepe dress are a riff on the designer’s predilection for splitting and overlapping pattern pieces and their extensions.
Evening bodice (image 1) | Charles James | American | 1937-1939 | satin | Victoria & Albert Royal Museum | Museum #: T.289-1978
Evening bodice, Charles James, 1937-39, satin with cotton interlining
Evening bodice (image 2) | Charles James | American | 1937-1939 | satin | Victoria & Albert Royal Museum | Museum #: T.289-1978