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Zac Posen set to revive Charles James

By Danielle Wightman-Stone


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New York-based designer Zac Posen has reportedly been tapped to help revive the Charles James label, known for designing sculptural ball gowns, which was the subject of the 2014's Costume Institute exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Posen has reportedly been asked by Harvey Weinstein, who bought the rights to the label last year, and will join Weinstein's wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, as will Chapman's fellow Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig and Marchesa CEO Edward Chapman, who have been “retained as creative consultants,” according to Page Six.

Charles James was dubbed the "first American couturier," as he designed glamorous evening wear for American society women from the '30s to the '50s. Posen has a similar aesthetic and after the Met Gala to celebrate the label’s work he was singled out by a number of media outlets as the most likely designer to revive the label, with Style.com even claiming he was the designer’s “spiritual heir”.

There has been no confirmation from either Posen or Weinstein, but an official announcement is expected very soon.

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