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Thursday, May 26, 2011

New on View - Claire McCardell Recent Acquisition at the IMA

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has some recent acquisitions on view, including a sublime playsuit with coordinating skirt and jacket by none other than Claire McCardell. You must know by now my love for Claire's designs, I am still swooning at this gorgeous set.

Front and back views of the playsuit. Dated about 1950. The IMA website has more images of this beauty, I encourage you to go see it. I love how Claire has played with the lines in the fabric and the tailoring of the silhouette to accentuate one's figure, while the design remains relaxed and yet refined.

Now the addition of the bolero style jacket. Is that not just brilliant? It dresses it up just a bit more to have a sporty look. The lines of the collar, balance of shoulders to hips, the lines of the plaid. ♥

And then, well we must have a skirt to complete the ensemble, THUD!

Thank you Claire, I would've loved to have known you. Each time I see one of your creations I feel I get to know you just a bit more. And thank you IMA for sharing this lovely confection.

OK, got time to get sucked in? Want to see more? There really some beautiful pieces in the collection like this Azzedine Alaia. Go grab a cuppa.

1 comment:

Darci said...

Speaking of Claire McCardell, have you ever come across a BACK view of her diaper swim suit? I really want to make one for myself, but I'm not sure how the back is put together! Love McCardell, love your site!