Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape

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About the Author

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT and founding editor of Fashion Theory. Described in The Washington Post as one of "fashion's brainiest women" and by Suzy Menkes as "the Freud of fashion," Steele combines serious scholarship (and a Yale Ph.D.) with a rare ability to communicate with general audiences. As author, curator, editor, and public intellectual, Steele has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies.

Charles James is an experienced teacher of German.


Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape goes beyond the evening gowns, focusing on some of James' unisex designs and his life in the artist community at the Chelsea Hotel.-- "Arcana"
The Couture Secrets of Shape proves how ahead- still ahead- James was of the times.--Jennifer Krasinski "Bookforum"
Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape consists of 400 pages dedicated to James' androgynous fashions and the highly detailed design process behind them.--Sophie Shaw "CR Fashion Book"
[Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape] delves deeply into the specifics of James' garment design and construction--even showing how to create his perfect dress forms--and includes a plethora of archival photographs.--Kathryn Maier "Quest"
For those who cannot time-travel to past museum exhibitions, ... this impressive volume acts as a kind of portable James archive and technical design manual.--Alyssa Vincent "Arlis/NA Reviews"
Charles James: The Couture Secrets of Shape is a brilliant combination of text and visuals [...] The reader will be made privy to exactly how this incredibly intelligent and obsessive man created some of fashion's most iconic and revered dresses, coats, and gowns.--Jeffrey Felner "New York Review of Books"
Charles James counts as the first American couturier, having captured attention in the 1930's with extravagant evening wear and revolutionary Unisex styles.--Lea Egerer "Vogue: Germany"
In the Joyce Gallery celebrating a new book about the English-American couturier Charles James, there was one archetypal dress: sculpted and elegantly shaped, it was the epitome of timeless elegance.--Suzy Menkes "Vogue"