Designer: Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958)

Manufacturer: Townley Frocks (American, founded 1929)

Manufacturer: Textile manufactured by Stonecutter Mills

Date: ca. 1950

Culture: American

Medium: rayon

Credit Line: Polaire Weissman Fund, 1997

Accession Number: 1997.193.2


Tying at the waist and neckline became an element used universally by Claire McCardell. The folk tradition yielded to First Empire proto-modernism, especially in clothing for the evening. For McCardell, this plebeian and even rustic naturalism could be sustained for evening through the force of its simple lines and its approximation to the haute-couture draping of Madeleine Vionnet and Madame Grès.