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Author Gerber Klein, Michèle, author.

Title Charles James, portrait of an unreasonable man : fame, fashion, art / Michèle Gerber Klein ; [foreword by Harold Koda]

Publication Info. New York : Rizzoli Ex Libris, an imprint of Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2018.
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 Nichols Adult Biography  BIO JAMES    AVAILABLE
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Description 254 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliography (pages 219-232) and index.
Summary "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 Jameswinner of two Coty awards, and the subject of a 2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art showdraws 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, Jamess story will provoke, rivet, and inspire."--Inside dust jacket.
Subject 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.
Lambert, Eleanor.
James, Nancy.
Fashion designers -- United States -- 20th century -- Biography.
Genre Biographies.
Added Author Koda, Harold, writer of foreword.
ISBN 9780847861453 (hardcover)
0847861457 (hardcover)
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