The Museum at FIT
November 14, 2018
“The genius of Charles James is evident in the extraordinary garments he created...James was the only couturier who raised fashion 'from an applied art form to a pure art form.' Michele Gerber Klein has written the first biography of Charles James, tracing the years of creativity and chaos, and focusing on the importance of his relationships with clients such as Austine Hearst and Millicent Rogers.”
Museum at FIT: Charles James: Portrait of an Unreasonable Man: Fame, Fashion, Art
“more than 300 people […] listened as Gerber Klein and [Dr. Valerie] Steele explored the life of America’s first grand master of fashion, Charles James – the man Christian Dior named as the inspiration for the “New Look” and Cristóbal Balenciaga called “the greatest couturier in the world”.
The Savannah College of Art and Design
October 18, 2018
"Interviewed by SCAD’s Special Projects Coordinator Carmela Spinelli, Klein is the first author to ever write about designer Charles James. The biography is certainly one-of-a-kind, as she had personal encounters with James. In the book, she highlights the man himself, who he was and the women who influenced his pieces.
"The room was captivated as she put herself in James’s shoes and recounted the troubled relationships and emotions that may have influenced his unique take on evening wear. Klein added cheeky remarks about James’s character, specifically noting his affinity for income tax evasion."
"Charles James was grand and under his mentor’s influence, Halston became even grander." “… Many remembered their own experiences in the house years before. All marveled at the Paul Rudolph’s famous staircases and the fireplace into which Elas Peretti famously, (in a fit of pique) flung the fur coat Halston gave her. The house was decorated with white orchids that were a Halston trademark—, another of the habits he assumed from Charles James.”
“A new definitive Charles James biography by Michèle Gerber Klein was celebrated on May 10th at The Halston House. Fashionistas and socialites alike gathered to purchase the first signed copies of Charles James: Portrait of an Unreasonable Man: Fame, Fashion, Art.”
“Gerber Klein signed copies of her book which discusses the the relationship between James and Halston, a long and complicated one, and in the words of one attendee a “rivalry”. James was grand and under his mentor’s influence Halston became even grander.”
Publisher Rizzoli celebrated the book's publishing at a party at Bouley Test Kitchen on April 11, 2018. Guests included photographer Tina Barney, Adam Weinberg, Adelaide de Menil, R. Coury Hay, Jonah Bokaer, Amy Fine Collins, Fernanda Eberstadt, Frederick Eberstadt, Richard Johnson, Harold Koda, William Ivey Long, Valerie Steele, Karen Von Godtsenhoven and Lynn Yaeger.