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  • Evening gown, late 1940s–early 1950s
    Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958)
    Black–and–red silk plush
    Purchase, Polaire Weissman Bequest and Gifts from various donors, 1997 (1997.511a–d)

    A bravura swag of drapery cuts across the chest with the elegance of a Madame Grès bodice and the implicit protocol of a sash or banner. Applying the same principles of wrapping that animated her daywear, McCardell also wrapped for evening, letting the ease of a plush evening gown define the body with a gentle boldness.

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  • Evening gown, late 1940s–early 1950s
    Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958)
    Black-and-red silk plush
    Purchase, Polaire Weissman Bequest and Gifts from various donors, 1997 (1997.511a-d)

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