Genius of Charles James
- Dates: October 16, 1982 through January 16, 1983
Date unknown, 1982: The Genius of Charles James, which opened at The Brooklyn Museum on October 16, has had its original closing date of January 16 extended to Sunday, February 13. Due to the exhibitions enthusiastic reception by the press, fashion students and public alike, the decision was made to prolong its stay at The Brooklyn Museum.
The Genius of Charles James is the first major retrospective exhibition of over 50 creations by one of America’s foremost couturiers of the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s.
This exhibition was made possible with the aid of grants from The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., a Federal agency.
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Traveling to Chicago -- April 29th through Sept. 18th
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1971 - 1988. 1982, 012. View Original
Date unknown, 1982: On the occasion of the forthcoming exhibition, The Genius of Charles James, the Art School is offering fashion illustration courses in the Adult and High School Programs. These courses will offer students experience in expanding their drawing skills and techniques beyond the Life Drawing class.
Working from live fashion models, in leotard and clothes, the students explore basic anatomy, proportions of the model in relation to proportions of clothes, body movement and gesture, and silhouette emphasis. In addition to exercises pertaining to action poses, hand and leg studies, fashion details and accessory drawings, the class will have sketch sessions in the gallery where they will draw directly from the James collection.
In addition, these students will benefit from the opportunity of being able to examine the Museum’s holdings of over two hundred James sketches for sportswear, evening and street attire.
At the end of the course, an exhibition of student work will be scheduled in the Art School’s “Little Gallery”.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1971 - 1988. 1982, 017. View Original
October 1982: “The Genius of Charles James”, a retrospective exhibition of over 50 creations by one of America’s foremost couturiers of the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s, will be on view at The Brooklyn Museum from October 16 through January 16, 1983.
The nucleus of the exhibition is provided by The Brooklyn Museum’s own James collection, the richest in the world. Additional garments and accessories have been drawn from an international array of patrons, individual collectors and institutions. James attracted to his salons such diverse clients as Millicent Rogers, Elizabeth Arden, Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Dame Alicia Markova, Gypsy Rose Lee, Mrs. John de Menil, Jennifer Jones, Elsa Peretti, Lee Krasner, Mrs. Vincent Astor, Irene Castle, Mme. Salvador Dali, Doris Duke, Toni Frissell and Mrs. Harrison Williams. His most productive years spanned the 1930’s through the 1950’s. To be fitted for a Charles James gown was not merely to be measured; it was to be educated in how to walk, sit or dance in harmony with the garment. The garments will be displayed on special mannequins so that the clarity of line and visual honesty that were James’ trademark will be unmistakable.
To accompany the exhibition the Museum will publish “The Genius of Charles James”, a 176 page book with 422 illustrations, 25 of which are in color. (Paperback $15.95. Hardcover edition distributed by Holt, Rinehart & Winston at $22.50.)
The book, by The Brooklyn Museum’s curator of Costumes and Textiles, Elizabeth Ann Coleman, will include memoirs of James’ life and working habits complemented by essays by his friends and clients Bill Cunningham, Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr. and Anne, Countess of Rosse. This catalog-raisonne of James’ work will document over 600 designs created during his 45-year career. This is the first effort of its kind, and one which should serve as a prototype for future studies of the art of couture.
This exhibition was made possible with the aid of grants from The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., a Federal agency.
- NOTES ON FASHIONSeptember 14, 1982 By John Duka"EVERYONE was ''just back.'' That was the standard greeting among fashionable New Yorkers last w eek as the city shimmered with the glitter of early fall openings, o f fashion shows and of several dinners. European designers also a rrived, including Gianni Versace, Gianfranco Ferre, Thierry Mugler a nd Valentino. Mr. Versace was at Saks Fifth Avenue..." (New York Times Fee Required)
- FUTURE EVENTSOctober 10, 1982 By Ruth Robinson"Tickets to the following may be obtained from the beneficiaries unless otherwise indicated. NIGHT ON THE TOWN Oct. 13 - Supporters of the Manhattan League for IHB Services for the Blind will adjourn to Regine's for supper and dancing after seeing the musical "Nine" from choice orchestra seats at the 46th Street Theater. The proceeds from the annual..." (New York Times Fee Required)
- A CELEBRATION OF CHARLES JAMESOctober 15, 1982 By JOHN DUKA"If New York's social season has any focus this fall, it may have a great deal to do with three black-tie events celebrating the work of the greatest couturiers of the 19th and 20th centuries. The first of these, entitled ''The Genius of Charles James, (1906-1978),'' opens to the public today at the Brooklyn Museum. Of the events to come, the..." (New York Times Fee Required)