Born in Frederick, Maryland, Claire McCardell was an internationally recognized fashion designer. McCardell first enrolled in Hood College (Frederick) and later in Parsons (N.Y.C.) in order to pursue a career in fashion. Later in her career, McCardell returned to Parsons as critic and instructor.

Iconic photograph of Claire McCardell modelling her own halter dress, based on astonishingly simple, sensible geometry-her "signature" touch.

Claire McCardell also introduced the concept of adult “play clothes,” as seen in the jersey “diaper” bathing suit, the “bubble” swimsuit, harem pajamas, and other easy to wear costumes

Claire McCardell also introduced the concept of adult “play clothes,” as seen in the jersey “diaper” bathing suit, the “bubble” swimsuit, harem pajamas, and other easy to wear costumes

Louise Dahl-Wolfe, May 1947

I want the bathing suit. Dress by Claire McCardell and bathing suit by Louella Ballerino for Jantzen, photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper's Bazaar, May 1947

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