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Woman's dress in two parts

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Sleeveless dress in two shades of yellow (half darker, half lighter), gathers to ties at neck, deep V neckline; falls in classical pleats at waist, with long wrapping ties. Labeled: "Claire McCardell Clothes/ by Townley/ Fabric by Stonecutter." Bolero jacket with short sleeves cut in one with...

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Purchased by dealer from a Long Island, New York estate sale. Purchased by the MFA from Naomi Gittler, through an internet auction, April 26, 2006.

Credit Line

Textile Curator's Fund

American, 1950–58


Center back (dress): 114.3 cm (45 in.) Center back (jacket): 33 cm (13 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rayon faille


Textiles and Fashion Arts