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I'm looking over a Four Leaf Clover

The Four-Leaf Clover dress is the most iconic of James' gowns and its construction is among the most complicated of all his dresses.

Taking a more whimsical turn this Fashion Friday to pay tribute to one of my favorite Fashion Designers, Charles James ( July 18, 1906 – September 23, 1978) in celebration of the 112th Anniversary of his birth.

James was a British-born fashion designer who is considered as "America's First Couturier."

He's famous for his sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approach to design and construction.

He considered his "Four Leaf Clover" to be his best creation. This dress weighed no less that 12 pounds and had to be supported by a rigid structure. Here's more images of the same silhouette showing some of the specs.

James' designs were so complicated that when the Met did a retrospect on his work, they had to scan some of the dresses just to understand how they were constructed. He's a true architect.

If you're a fashion nerd like myself, click here to see the animation of the construction of this work of art.


See you next Fashion Friday. I haven't decided yet, but I may focus on another breathtaking silhouette by Charles James.

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The Four Leaf Clover scanned

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