Charles James, once a revered and most accomplished couturier is set to become the next historical label to be resurrected. The label was purchased last year by movie mogul (and husband of Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman), Harvey Weinstein and today it was announced that Zac Posen, another man renowned for his voluminous ball gowns, has been asked to help revive the iconic label.
“Charles James was one of the most incredible couturiers in the history of fashion and this label deserves to be a household name in the same ranks as Chanel, Dior and Oscar de la Renta,” said Weinstein when news broke of his acquisition. “There isn’t a single designer in high fashion who wouldn’t name him as a major influence. We are beyond thrilled to be spearheading the revival of this brand and bringing it back to the world’s finest retailers.”
Posen will be joining Georgina Chapman as a consultant on the project, along with Chapman’s fellow Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig as well as their CEO Edward Chapman. A red carpet favourite, Posen has a penchant for theatrical, Disney worthy gowns that boast clever construction and endless volumes of fabric making him the given choice for working on the label. And of course the ladies behind Marchesa know all to well the secret to creating show-stopping gowns so I am most excited to see what the future holds in store for the label. As yet there is no date set for the first collection’s unveiling so for now we wait with bated breath.