Designer Claire McCardell American
Manufacturer Townley Frocks American

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The wrapping and tying basic to fashion were appreciated by McCardell, and she personally inflected these design elements. A wrapped collar can add personality, even on a fitted garment. Such a collar is mutable according to the individual who wears it and changeable according to the occasion to which it is worn. In addition to McCardell, high-style designers of the period, most notably Pauline Trigère, employed the same motif, and it is continued today, in the work of such American designers as Geoffrey Beene, Donna Karan, and Isabel Toledo and also in that of Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons. The use of elements with provisional possibilities remains an animating factor, a final gesture akin to the flourish of an artist's signature

Suit, Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958), linen, cotton, American

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