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July 15, 2011


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Becky D

The McCardell playsuit has such a dreamy upper silhouette. I was expecting a ball gown as I started scrolling down the photo. What a surprise to find something so short! Is that piece a skirt, skort or what? Would you wear something below or not?

FIDM Museum

Playsuits are usually shorts. The pleats on this McCardell hide the bifurcated leg, so I guess you could call it a skort! In fashion periodicals and photos, playsuits are usually worn as casual shorts and are pictured in outdoorsy settings.

Debbie Farthing

Is there a source for finding out more about Claire McCardell's clothes? Is there a good catalog of her designs and the different labels that were used in her clothes? I found a couple of her pieces recently and am trying to date them. One of the things I bought was a suit but the skirt and top don't have a label, so I'm trying to find out if they are the real deal or not.

FIDM Museum


The most comprehensive McCardell source on Claire McCardell is Claire McCardell: Redefining Modernism by Kohle Yohannan. Good luck in your research!

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