Dress of the Day: OK, many dresses! Charles James (1948), photographed by Cecil Beaton. Charles James was an Anglo-American designer who showed his collections in New York and Paris. He is known for his ballgowns in architectural shapes and sumptuous fabrics. I understand his work by dividing it into two overall styles: one is neoclassical, the elaborately draped gowns in this photo; and the other involves more geometric silhouettes in dresses evoking elements from nature, like the tree and four-leaf clover dresses. Cecil Beaton was a photographer, fashion and set designer for films and stage, and writer. He won Oscars for "My Fair Lady."
What do you think this photo is saying about fashion? Some of the women appear to be talking, and others are primping in the mirrors. Is there camaraderie in their question for beauty, or are they isolated from each other and those outside? Are they enjoying themselves, or is there tension? Or do you see this completely differently?