James, Charles

Charles, James,

1906–78, American fashion designer known primarily for his high-style couture creations, b. Sandhurst, England. Although he had no formal training in dressmaking, he is generally considered to be the first American couturier. The son of a British army officer and an American socialite, he moved to the United States in 1922 and opened a millinery shop in Chicago four years later, worked in New York City in 1928 and in London in 1930, then opened a couture studio in Paris in 1934. In 1939 he returned to New York City, which was where he was based for most of the rest of his career; he created many of his finest garments there in the late 1940s and 1950s. Both James and his loyal clients, who included socially prominent women, designers, artists, and performers, regarded his complex and inventive designs as works of art. He was known especially for his elegantly draped ball gowns, sculpted to the body with yards of sumptuous fabrics, and for the architectural construction of his coats and capes.


See E. A. Coleman, The Genius of Charles James (1982); H. Koda et al., Charles James: Beyond Fashion (museum catalog, 2014).

James, Charles

(1880–1928) chemist; born at Earls Barton, England. He emigrated to the U.S.A. in about 1906 and was associated with New Hampshire College in Durham for 22 years. He did extensive research of rare-earth elements, such as cerium, terbium, and yttrium (1907–26).
References in periodicals archive ?
His children were Annie Prescot, William James, Charles and Herbert Isaac Williams.
Other favourites who can now only be seen on reruns include Sid James, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims and Kenneth Williams, who famously yelled: "Infamy.
Starring Geraldine James, Charles Dance, Susan Wooldridge and Art Malik
The laird also has three other children from his first marriage - James, Charles and Angela.
Had Southampton fielded Sid James, Charles Hawtrey and Hattie Jacques there could have been no greater Carry On.
Interestingly, if you look back to the most popular options for children in 1837, for boys it was Henry, William, John, Thomas, George, James, Charles, Edward, Frederick and Alfred, while for girls, there was Ann, Mary, Elizabeth, Jane, Eliza, Sarah, Louisa, Caroline, Emma and Harriet -all names that are still around today.
David Appleton's four great uncles - George Sydney James, Charles Edward James, Henry James and Frances Arthur James - were all killed within 15 months of each other during WWI.
Tim Pigott-Smith, Geraldine James, Charles Dance and Art Malik all made their names in the 1980s favourite.
Other notable authors scrutinized include William James, Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Henri Bergson.
DIANA (12A) Starring: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards, Cas Anvar, Juliet Stevenson, Art Malik.
A friend of mine named his three sons after kings - there's James, Charles and Burger.
Brian Holt (back) with (from left) seasoned professionals Donna McCamphill, Clive James, Charles Travis, David Hives and Julie Philpot, who have notched up 150 years service between them.