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Evening dress

Designer:
Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958)
Manufacturer:
Townley Frocks (American, founded 1929)
Date:
1946
Culture:
American
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Irving Drought Harris, in memory of Claire McCardell Harris, 1958
Accession Number:
C.I.58.49.21
Not on view
McCardell prized the Empire silhouette, especially for evening. After all, she was preeminently a designer of daywear. As independent as McCardell was, she knew well the European tradition in fashion and admired the soft silhouettes of the early 1800s and the 1920s. For evening, the Empire silhouette represented a grace that was once achieved only in couture softness, but for which McCardell had found the ready-to-wear counterpart at no compromise to elegance.
Marking: [label] "claire mccardell clothes/by townley"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Ingenuity," April 2, 1998–August 16, 1998.

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