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September Vogue 1952 by Claire McCardell


Red silk damask evening dress by Claire McCardell, American, 1950. McCardell's enthusiasm and acumen for European fashion history is well documented, but her interests extended East as well. This evening dress suggests Chinese roots in its textile, pleating, and color, but also evokes Japanese origins in its wide, obi-like sash and columnar silhouette. In a global eclecticism, the dress is cut like a poncho, with its top crisscrossed over the bodice to create the kimono-like surplice…

Clare McCardell 1950's. I will make this for the summer. I love it! If I made a matching button up top I could go to work and then the beach!


Sweetbriar Sweetbriar I wish with all my heart that full length day dresses would come back as a "normal option" for women. (I understand this one isn't a day dress.) I am just so tired of britches and shorter dresses require all sorts of leg decisions that they are just irksome. Maybe I just need to go out on a limb, or a plank, my own self... 1950s | Clare McCardell


Cape Claire McCardell  fall/winter 1947–48


Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958). Bathing suit, ca. 1957. American. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of S. Capezio Inc., 1966 (2009.300.3849)