1940s Claire McCardell Pleated Jersey Dress.This would absolutely work nowadays, esp. if the hemline was shortened a little bit.

1940s Claire McCardell Pleated Jersey Dress.This would absolutely work nowadays, esp. if the hemline was shortened a little bit.

Helen Beatty in Claire McCardell's tent dress made of a Hope Stillman satin-striped cotton, photo by Herman Landshoff, Oak Beach, New York, Mademoiselle, 1951.

Helen Beatty in Claire McCardell's tent dress made of a Hope Stillman satin-striped cotton, photo by Herman Landshoff, Oak Beach, New York, Mademoiselle, 1951.

Dress  Claire McCardell  (American, 1905–1958)    Manufacturer:      Townley Frocks (American)  Date:      1943

Dress Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958) Manufacturer: Townley Frocks (American) Date: 1943

Claire McCardell dress in chocolate and copper stripes with trademark draped bodice.

Claire McCardell dress in chocolate and copper stripes with trademark draped bodice.

Ivy Nicholson in a dress by Claire McCardell, photographed by Mark Shaw at Marc Chagall's studio, 1955.

Ivy Nicholson in a dress by Claire McCardell, photographed by Mark Shaw at Marc Chagall's studio, 1955.

Claire McCardell - Robe 'Tour de Cou' - Rayures - Noeud à la Taille - Années 40

Claire McCardell - Robe 'Tour de Cou' - Rayures - Noeud à la Taille - Années 40

Dress Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958) Manufacturer: Townley Frocks (American) Date: 1948 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 49 in. (124.5 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Kohle Yohannan, 2010

Dress Claire McCardell (American, 1905–1958) Manufacturer: Townley Frocks (American) Date: 1948 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB: 49 in. (124.5 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Kohle Yohannan, 2010

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