Evening dress

Designer Claire McCardell American
Manufacturer Townley Frocks American

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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.

Evening dress, Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958), silk (?), American

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