40s Claire McCardell Playsuit in Blue Plaid

SKU: 00419-015
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Iconic mid-century designer Claire McCardell knew how to flatter a woman's figure. This blue plaid bubble romper is no exception. Elasticized halter strap (can be tucked in for a strapless look), with additional elastic running through channels at the top, ruched waist, and leg openings. Super-long ties criss-cross around your middle however you prefer. We're told the owner wore this as a swimsuit, but we'd recommend keeping it out of chlorine and salt water! From the late 1940s and the Jamieson estate.

Labels: Claire McCardell Clothes by Townley

Some background info:

From Wikipedia: Claire McCardell (1905–1958) was an American fashion designer in the arena of ready-to-wear clothing in the 20th century. From the 1930s to the 1950s, she was known for designing functional, affordable, and stylish women’s sportswear within the constraints of mass-production, and is today acknowledged as the creator of the "American Look", a democratic and casual approach to fashion that rejected the formality of French couture.


McCardell on the cover of Time in 1955

This McCardell Playsuit is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fiber/Care: unmarked, but evidence (and feel) suggests a cotton/silk blend, gentle wash or dry-clean
Condition: there are a few small areas along the ties where the seam is open. someone may have tightened or even replaced the elastic at the top of the bodice, as a small length is exposed at the seam edge (see photo, this is on the interior and is not visible when worn). 
*This playsuit is freshly laundered and ready to wear.*
Garment Measurements:
~ this will best fit someone with an average or short torso ~
    elastic above bust: stretches from 21-35" (53-89cm)
    bust: maximum 38" (91.5cm) perhaps even a bit more
    waist: stretches from 20-34" (50.8-86.25cm)
    hips: maximum 42" (106.5cm)
    bodice side seam: 5.5" (14cm) from underarm to
    waist elastic
    shorts side seam: 12.5" (31.75cm) from waist elastic to
    leg elastic
    leg openings: stretch from 5.5-13" (14-33cm) in diameter

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(BDV SKU: 00419-015) 


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