Evening dress

Designer Claire McCardell American
Manufacturer Townley Frocks American

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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 sash (like an obi) 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 neckline.

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

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