Claire / McCardell
Open through November 2023
Claire McCardell redefined women’s fashion in America during the 1930s –1950s and she continues to influence American sportswear today. By designing for modern American women like herself, McCardell became synonymous with the American fashion rebellion.
Beneath her dynamic, confident, and strong-willed business persona, Claire was a shy introvert in conflict with this perceived identity. Through family letters, personal interviews, and archival documents, juxtaposed with examples of McCardell’s designs spanning her career, this exhibition gives a more intimate look at the woman behind the iconic label.
This exhibition is curated by Tory Burch Claire McCardell Fashion Fellow Robyn Levy. Support for this Fellowship is generously provided by the Tory Burch Foundation.
Support for this exhibition is generously provided by*
Betty Cooke and Wm. O. Steinmetz
The Coby Foundation, LTD
Rebecca Katz, in honor of Barbara Katz
The Delaplaine Foundation, Inc.
Ruth Shaw, Inc., in honor of Barbara Katz
Debbie and Walt Farthing
Pam and Allan Malester
Nancy and David Paige
Sylvia Lee Parker
Mary Charlotte Parr
Cynthia Rief and Megan Wolfe, in honor of our mothers
Mrs. Karen Ruppert
*as of December 16, 2022