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...The Anglo-American couturier Charles James is a celebrated figure in fashion, proclaimed to be a pioneer in cut and construction and known for evoking the postwar period of opulence and extravagance. However, as one of the greatest...

Charles James (1906–1978)

Brenda Polan

Brenda Polan is a fashion writer, editor, lecturer and academic. She was formerly fashion editor and women’s page editor of The Guardian and has since written for all Britain’s major newspapers and many magazines. She was until recently Programme Director (Media) at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Tredre

Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Communication, at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Prior to his academic career, he worked in newspaper fashion journalism and was the first Editor-in-Chief of WGSN, the online fashion trends and research business. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Great Fashion Designers : From Chanel to McQueen, the names that made fashion history

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

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...The reputation of James rests on the grand gowns he constructed from the 1930s.Opinion is divided on Charles James. He had a gift for turning friends into enemies and a vindictive passion for litigation, so verdicts may be coloured...