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Woman's dress

about 1955
Designed by Claire McCardell (American, 1905-1958)

Place of Use: New Hampshire, United States


Overall (CB): 94.6 cm (37 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Printed cotton plain weave

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s dress with fabric inspired by the work of Marc Chagall, printed and stylized with flowers and allegorical figures of water in blues, greens and yellows. Scoop neck, center-front button closure with faux baroque pearls; sleeve cut in one with bodice, full skirt pleated at waist. Two hemline shadows showing it has been altered. Worn with green sash, now missing. Label: “Claire McCardell by Townley”


Charlotte K. Anderson; Gift to the MFA, June 26, 2002

Credit Line

The Charlotte K. Anderson Revocable Trust in memory of Charlotte K. Anderson