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Charles James: Beyond Fashion (Metropolitan Museum of Art (Hardcover)) Hardcover – June 3, 2014
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It makes me weep to compare these masterpieces to the kind of crap most people wear these days, but that's another story!
If you love beauty and are interested in the construction and engineering of clothes this book should be in your library.
I did not give this book a low rating because -the book was made to showcase all his works,not just the (SWEEPING BALL GOWNS)
I did take off a point because I was underwhelmed by a good amount of pieces that were in this book-which I thought would be impossible. I mean its (CHARLES JAMES).
Tons of in color photos :)
His personal and professional life is written in a timeline format which I loved.
In my opinion not always the best of his work was showcased, some of the items were underwhelming.
Did not show photos of inside the garments,This might be nit picky but it would have been amazing to be able to see the interior construction in photos especially for the price tag that is on this book.
So, is it worth it? for me..No. Had I checked this book out from the library I would not have been tempted to purchase it.
Koda has researched his subject and James' oeuvres extremely well and is able to provide insights into how or why James designed as he did. He puts his vast knowledge of fashion, architecture and art into the discussion of James' unique strengths and talents.
The quality of the book - the binding, the weight of the paper, the luminosity of the photos, make this a book for the ages. It is right up there with The Quilts of Gees Bend as one of the best crafted books I own.