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Jul 01

Sour Grapes

Charles James and Vivienne WestwoodPatron to designer Charles James, heiress Millicent Rogers would often commission pieces by James, however, many of these pieces were more collaboration than commission as the socialite was known to request specific fabrics, colors and silhouettes from the master designer. In 1944, the two worked together to create an off-white silk chiffon gown featuring tiny florets that resembled a grape cluster. In 2009, Vivienne Westwood’s diffusion line Anglomania showcased a crisp white day dress also printed with the grape cluster motif.

Evening Dress by Charles James, 1944, Housed at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Evening Dress by Charles James, 1944, Housed at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Day Dress by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, 2009

Day Dress by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, 2009

 

 

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