Friday, May 09, 2014


There has been a lot of talk about Charles James as of late since the Costume Institute exhibition honoring this amazing couturier has just opened.  It made me think of a quote of Christian Dior about James: “the greatest talent of my generation."  Now this dress is neither James or Dior.  However it is a custom couture dress from I. Magnin and very influenced by both iconic designers.  It's a LBD that's hardly little.  It's voluminous, architectural, iconic, and timeless.  It's an example of the power of a LBD.   How would you style this?

I. Magnin & Co. black satin gown, dated December 1956. Modern size 6-8.

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