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Avant garde designs from America s First Couturier British American designer Charles James , America s First Couturier, is famed for the extraordinarily elegant evening gowns he created in the s through the s for society ladies on both sides of the Atlantic From the beginning of his career, James also designed revolutionary unisex styles The famous eiderdown evening jacket, designed infor women, was revived as a cult unisex design object in s New York The eiderdown jacket and James other unisex designs share with his ball gowns a sculptural, architectural presence and a rigorously cerebral design process grounded in science and mathematics James is regarded as a visionary thinker in the world of fashion, introducing lasting innovations in both technique and methodologyCharles 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, where he lived fromuntil his death inHe remained restlessly creative in this period, his rooms at the Chelsea serving as a studio, workshop, and archive Inhe wrote The Charles James Approach to Structural Design this allowed a glimpse into his thinking at that time and is included in this publication in facsimile Edited by Homer Layne, James last assistant, and Professor Dorothea Mink, with a preface by fashion designer Rick Owens, this volume reveals a new facet of James groundbreaking body of work