Harvey Weinstein recruits Zac Posen to revive the Charles James label
Men of many talents
Last year, Harvey Weinstein, who isn't as famous for his love of fashion as his wife Georgina Chapman, bought the iconic heritage label Charles James.
"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," Weinstein said when he announced the 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."
Today, reports have surfaced that Weinstein – the Academy Award-winning American film producer and film studio executive – has hired designer Zac Posen in a bid to revive the iconic brand. Posen will join Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, co-founder of the Marchesa fashion house. Chapman's business partners Keren Craig and Marchesa CEO Edward Chapman have also been listed in the report published today by Page Six.
British-American couturier James, who was most well-known for his beautiful sculptural ball gowns, died in 1978. An exhibit of his work was displayed at the MoMA's Costume Institute last year to open the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Zac Posen actually gave a dedicated talk about the work of Charles James during the event at the MET last year. It was on the final day of the exhibit in 2014 that Weinstein announced that he had bought the rights to the Charles James brand.
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