Charles James Vogue, October 15, 1949

Charles James vogue - Photo Irving Penn, Vogue, October 15, 1949

Mary Jane Russell in a “full-length evening coat with its own angles,” from 1949. “So geometrical is Charlie James,” Virginia Woolf once wrote in a letter, “that if a stitch is crooked . . . the whole dress is torn to shreds.”

© Irving Penn