Charles James : portrait of an unreasonable man : fame, fashion, art / Michèle Gerber Klein ; foreword by Harold Koda.
- New York : Rizzoli Ex Libris, an imprint of Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2018.
ix, 254 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
- Fashion designers -- United States -- 20th century -- Biography.
James, Charles, 1906-1978.
Schiaparelli, Elsa, 1890-1973.
Rosse, Anne Messel, Countess of, 1902-.
Arden, Elizabeth, 1878-1966.
Rogers, Millicent, -1953.
Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987.
Menil, Dominique de.
Hearst, Austine McDonnell, 1918-1991.
- "Inspired by the discovery of long-overlooked interviews conducted just before his death, this is the first biography of the visionary fashion designer Charles James. Christian Dior described him as the inspiration for the "New Look." Salvador Dalí called his work "soft sculpture," and Virginia Woolf exclaimed, "He is a genius." As George Bernard Shaw tells us, only unreasonable men change the world. This portrait of the life and times of Charles James--winner of two Coty awards, and the subject of a 2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art show--draws on the glamour of Europe in the 1930s, and the dazzle of New York City from the '40s through the '70s as it travels with James from his birth to privilege in England in 1906 and follows his career through his complex and turbulent relationships with exceptional women such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Eleanor Lambert, ending with his penurious death in New York's fabled Chelsea Hotel. As engrossing as a novel, as dramatic as grand opera, James's story will provoke, rivet, and inspire."--Inside dust jacket.
- In the beginning: between Europe and America
Art and invention: Elsa Schiaparelli
Fairy tales for the future: Anne, Countess of Rosse
Setting up shop: Elizabeth Arden
Immortality: Millicent Rogers
Beyond fashion: Modess, Andy Warhol, and Dominique de Menil
Apotheosis: Austine Hearst
Nemesis: Eleanor Lambert
The last muse: Nancy James
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-232) and index.
- Koda, Harold, writer of foreword.
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