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Charles James: Beyond Fashion

The exhibit features a room with a picture rail displaying drawings, pattern pieces, and journal entries. A shelf displays dress forms, jewelry maquettes, scrapbooks, and accessories — including hats representing James's early work as a milliner — and other materials from his personal archives. A white satin eiderdown evening jacket, widely regarded as the first puffer coat, sits in the center of the room.

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art

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