A truly great women's fashion designer must have an abiding love for women. Charles James demonstrated his love of the female form through his masterful cutting and innovative design that afforded a woman ease of wear coupled with a captivating glamour rarely duplicated.
His legacy is that of a designer's designer. More commonly known couturiers - Balenciaga and Dior, among others, applauded Charles James. He is known as the true 'Master of Couture,' and his legendary creations continue to inspire and inform the work of today's designers.
Charles James passed away at the Chelsea Hotel in 1978. He had retired twenty-years earlier but maintained three rooms at the hotel where he continued to live and create, ultimately becoming a part of the Chelsea's long list of memorable residents.
Harper's Bazaar January 1941
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