Charles James Butterfly Gowns, 1950s. Although he had salons in London an Paris in the 1930s, James was an influential American designer that opened a custom-made business in New York in the 1940s. Known for lavish ball gowns and architectural shapes, James was considered to be among the most original American designers.
Gala dress, dated between 1905 and 1910, at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. See: http://digitaltmuseum.no/things/gallakjole/NMK-D/OK-1962-0012?query=gallakjole&search_context=1&page=1&count=55&pos=16