* American Ensemble cotton 1943–44 Claire McCardell (1905–1958) Manufacturer: Townley Frocks

Playsuit Ensemble, Claire McCardell (American, Manufacturer: Townley Frocks (American) Date:

Glamoursplash: February 2012, Advance Pattern 6115 "Diaper Suit" inspired by Claire McCardell's original.

Glamoursplash: Vintage Diaper Wrap Style Swimsuit - not sure how to feel about…

Dress, 1949-50, cotton, Claire McCardell for Townley Frocks (back view)

Wrapping provided for McCardell the shaping not only of the material itself but also of the sections of the body that remain uncovered. Thus, this McCardell dress, seen from front and back, offers very different views

Claire McCardell sundress in cotton. 1946. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Claire McCardell, 1956

Claire McCardell sundress in cotton. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Claire McCardell, 1956

Claire McCardell – The American Look  |  Coletterie  The high neck and high waistband reconfigure the proportions.

Claire McCardell playsuit A bit of a tweak here and there and this could be worn today.

Detail, Claire McCardell rayon evening dress, circa 1939, New York, gift of Denise Otis | copyright MFIT. Photo by Eileen Costa

Detail, Claire McCardell rayon evening dress, circa New York, gift of Denise Otis

Evening dress, 1945, Claire McCardell Met Museum Collection - Thought of as the "future dress," the design of this iconic piece is simply two pieced triangles that are tied at the neck.

Artist/Maker Claire McCardell, American, (Designer) Date 1945 Place American Materials silk

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