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Evening dress

Designer:
Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958)
Manufacturer:
Townley Frocks (American)
Date:
1945–55
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk (?)
Dimensions:
Length at CB (a): 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm) Length at CB (b): 11 in. (27.9 cm) Length at CB (c): 43 in. (109.2 cm) Length (d): 30 in. (76.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Polaire Weissman Bequest Fund and Gifts from Various Donors Fund, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.511a–d
Not on view

A bravura swag of drapery cuts across the chest with the elegance of a Madame Grès bodice and the implicit protocol of a sash or banner. Applying the same principles of wrapping that animated her daywear, McCardell also wrapped for evening, letting the ease of a plush evening gown define the body with a gentle boldness.

Marking: [label] (c) "Claire McCardell clothes/by Townley"
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