Original 1950s dress by famed designer Claire McCardell. Pure linen in olive green with pale pink insets at the trapunto sculptural neckline, peaked empire waist, and kimono-cut short sleeves. Smooth, nipped midriff with princess seaming. Full, swingy skirt to wear with or without a crinoline (not included). Deep side-seam pockets (you can fit your entire hand, past the wrist). Unlined. Closes with metal Green brand side zip.
A piece of wearable history, from a woman whose ground-breaking designs are held by fashion and art museums around the world. From the estate of Dorothy E., of the fabulous wardrobe.
Labels: Claire McCardell (designer), Desmond's (defunct chain of high-end boutiques in Southern California)
McCardell on the cover of Time magazine on May 2, 1955
Fiber/Care: no tags, linen, dry-clean only
Condition: presents beautifully, but there are a few minor glitches. there's a weak spot at the left front bodice, and a small stain on the interior of the neckline. the hem had been cut off and has been redone with unused vintage rayon tape to maintain as much of the original length as possible.
*We've had this dress professionally dry-cleaned and it's ready to wear. Being linen, it will likely require pressing or steaming after arrival.*
- please note that although the bust is cut generously, the midriff area is not. you'll need to be slim through the torso and take care wiggling into and out of this dress. -
bodice to empire seam at front: 13"/33cm
bust: 32"/81.25cm plus darts
empire waist: 26.5"/67.25cm
hem sweep: 130"/342cm
(BDV SKU: 00497-026)
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