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Bathing suit

Designer:
Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958)
Manufacturer:
Townley Frocks (American)
Date:
1944
Culture:
American
Medium:
wool, synthetic
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. A. Moore Montgomery, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.153.3
Not on view
The consummate wrap for McCardell is the diaper bathing suit, swaddling the body three-dimensionally and even passing through the legs. Bare and bold, the diaper bathing suit is more innovative in its form on the body than in the exposure of skin. Later, in the 1970s, there would be many copies of the McCardell diaper suit.
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