Designer Bonnie Cashin American
Manufacturer Philip Sills & Co. American

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In the leather and wool combinations that Cashin favored, the rich contrast of materials was enhanced by the colors of gray and camel. Both colors are taken from menswear and both are utilitarian, but they are made tactile and sensuous in this combination. The lyric sincerity of an Empire waist cinched with tying leather makes the materials, as they are used here, feel feminine and malleable. Further, Cashin frequently suggests Eastern robes and wraps especially in the principle of asymmetry.

Dress, Bonnie Cashin (American, Oakland, California 1908–2000 New York), (a) wool, leather; (b) leather, American

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