Charles James c1944, possibly from an earlier design | The Met
Charles James – Architectural Engineer | Coletterie
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This is a Charles James 4 leaf clover ball gown. It was inspired by the cage crinoline era with two separate understructures of boning. Skirts weighed about 15 lbs, but sits comfortably on the hips. It was not completed in time for Austine Hearst to wear to the Eisenhower Inaugural Ball in 1953.
Wow. Evening Dress Charles James, 1956 The Museum at FIT