Silent Film Star Louise Brooks at Home in Her Garden (1925)

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Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1925 via

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Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1925 via

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Portrait of Louise Brooks at home with her sister June, 1925 via

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Portrait of Louise Brooks, 1925 via

Audrey Hepburn at her Beverly Hills Apartment (1953)

In 1953 while filming the movie Sabrina, Audrey Hepburn rented an apartment on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

During the filming, fashion photographer Mark Shaw was assigned to photograph the young actress.

Evasive at first, Hepburn became comfortable with Shaw’s presence over a two-week period and allowed him to record many of her casual and private moments.

Life published several of these photos in the December 7, 1953 issue, which also carried a Shaw cover of Hepburn.

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Audrey Hepburn, with purse in hand, reaches for the fence door knob at her Beverly Hills apartment in Los Angeles, 1953 via

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Audrey Hepburn greets photographer Mark Shaw at her rented Beverly Hills apartment during the production of Sabrina, 1953 via

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Audrey Hepburn on the phone at her rented Beverly Hills apartment during the production of Sabrina, 1953 via

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Audrey Hepburn on the phone at her rented Beverly Hills apartment during the production of Sabrina, 1953 via

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Audrey Hepburn writing a letter during the production of Sabrina at her rented Beverly Hills apartment in Los Angeles, 1953 via

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Audrey Hepburn photographed at her Los Angeles apartment listening to one of her jazz albums, 1953 via

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Audrey Hepburn photographed by Mark Shaw at her Beverly Hills apartment, 1953 via

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Audrey Hepburn reading at her Beverly Hills apartment, 1953 via

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Audrey Hepburn reading at her Beverly Hills apartment, 1953 via

A Collection of Vintage Fashion by Charles James

Though he had no formal training, he is now regarded as one of the greatest designers in America to have worked in the tradition of Haute Couture. After designing in his native London, and then Paris, James arrived in New York City in 1940. The same year he opens Charles James, Inc. custom design business on East Fifty-seventh Street, New York. In 1943 James begins designing custom creations for Elizabeth Arden. One of his most successful collections opened in Paris in 1947 at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée. In the 1950s he spent most of his time in New York.

James looked upon his dresses as works of art, as did many of his customers. Year after year he reworked original designs, ignoring the sacrosanct schedule of seasons. The components of the precisely constructed designs were interchangeable so that James had a never-ending fund of ideas on which to draw. He is most famous for his sculpted ball gowns made of lavish fabrics and to exacting tailoring standards; in 1955 James created the Balloon dress with high Empire waist and voluminous folds and the Butterfly sheath dress with enormous bustle.  He is also remembered for his capes and coats, often trimmed with fur and embroidery, his spiral zipped dresses, and his white satin quilted jackets.

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Charles James (in black) with models during one of his fashion show, photographed by Eliot Elisofon, ca. 1950 via

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Dominique de Menil at home, dressed in Charles James and on Charles James couch, ca. 1951 via

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Charles James Butterfly Gown 1954, photo by Cecil Beaton via

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Austine Hearst in Charles James Four Leaf Clover Dress, ca. 1953 via

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Charles James, Dresses, 1959 via