Just a quick stop to share with you this book about one of my favorite designers.
I admire Claire McCardell for her innovative approach to clothing. She elevated "common" fabrics like denim and canvas, which had previously been used only for work clothes, and constructed elegant, fashion-conscious clothing from them. She designed for the American woman, and her clothing was modern and flattering while still enabling the wearer to move freely at a time when most designers still relied on rigid structure to their clothing, which restricted movement. Claire McCardell's clothing was made for every-day wear, and she invented sportswear as we know it. As a result of her innovative work, I think she drew many people's attention away from the big-name European designers of her time and helped to establish the idea of American fashion.
Beautiful designs, yes? I found a Claire McCardell dress in a vintage clothing store a few years ago. It needs a little work, but one of these days I'm going to wear it proudly. It's a timeless and interesting design, which is something I think fashion is lacking today.