Portrait of An Unreasonable Man

Michèle Gerber Klein’s new book about the controversial fashion designer Charles James will be released in March 2018 by Rizzoli Ex Libris and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.

Charles James: Portrait of an Unreasonable Man
By Michèle Gerber Klein

The discovery of some long overlooked interviews conducted just before his death provided the inspiration for this first biography of the visionary designer.




Praise for Portrait

In his editor’s column, titled: “Art of Giving” for December’s issue, W magazine’s Editor-in-chief, Stefano Tonchi named Portrait of an Unreasonable Man his number one gift choice for the 2017 Holiday season.

“Charles James was a great master of fashion and a pioneer of glamour. As often is the case, the beauty and drama of his creations were matched with a dramatic and dark reality, through different points in his life. A couturier, an artist, and an engineer. Charles’ drama was extended into his work, process and into his life creating some of the most iconic pieces of our time, all documented in this great biography.”
Zac Posen

“The genius of Charles James is evident in the extraordinary garments he created — such as the Abstract ballgown, the Eiderdown evening jacket, and the Pagoda suit. According to Cristobal Balenciaga, 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.”
Dr. Valerie Steele, Director. The Museum at FIT

“Charles James is the grand master of American fashion. It’s about time to have a good book to honor him.”
Diane von Furstenberg