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Description - Charles James by Michele Gerber Klein

Christian Dior described him as the inspiration for the "New Look." Salvador Dali called his work "soft sculpture," and Virginia Woolf exclaimed, "He is a genius."

As George Bernard Shaw tells us, only unreasonable men change the world. This portrait of the life and times of Charles James - winner of two Coty awards, and the subject of a 2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art show - draws on the glamour of Europe in the 1930s, and the dazzle of New York City from the '40s through the '70s as it travels with James from his birth to privilege in England in 1906, and follows his career through his complex and turbulent relationships with exceptional women such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Eleanor Lambert, ending with his penurious death in New York's fabled Chelsea Hotel.

As engrossing as a novel, as dramatic as grand opera, James's story will provoke, rivet, and inspire.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780847861453
ISBN-10: 0847861457
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Rizzoli Ex Libris
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Publish Date: 20-Mar-2018
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michele Gerber Klein

Michele Gerber Klein is the founder of joan vass U.S.A. and is now Vice President of the Liberman Foundation. She has written about art, fashion and arts de vivre for a wide variety of publications. She has served on the boards of the Dia Foundation for the Arts, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, The Museum at FIT, The Alliance Francaise, New Arts Publications, Casita Maria, Chez Bushwick, the Brooklyn Rail, The New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation and Fondatzione Bogliasco. She chairs the Whitney Museum of American Art's library committee and is a member of the Architecture and Design and the Photography Acquisition Committees at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan and the Photography Acquisition Committee at the The Whitney Museum of American Art.

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