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

Evening dress

Designer:
Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958)
Manufacturer:
Townley Frocks (American, founded 1929)
Date:
1950
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Irving Drought Harris, in memory of Claire McCardell Harris, 1958
Accession Number:
C.I.58.49.4a, b
Not on view
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.
Marking: [label] "claire mccardell clothes/by townley"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress," December 8, 1994–March 19, 1995.