Dress...Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) Date: early 1950s Culture: American Medium: wool Credit Line: Purchase, Costume Institute Benefit Fund, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, and Acquisitions Fund, 2013 Accession Number: 2013.317
"La Sirène" Evening Dress, Charles James (1906-1978): 1941, silk crepe, satin-backed lining. "James launched this mermaid-like gown early in his career and created several versions of it over a period of twenty years. The name of the dress, La Sirène, refers to sea creatures in Greek mythology who used their enchanting voices to lure sailors to their deaths. The soft folds cascading around the wearer's hips beautifully highlighted the silhouette of the wearer."