1940s Claire McCardell Att. Playsuit

Did you just die a little? I did too when I first saw this! My client swears it is Claire McCardell and I find it hard to disagree. It does not have a McCardell tag present however so is priced accordingly, if that tag was there this would be several hundred dollars higher! It's an extraordinary piece and an absolute wonderful, unusual design that really adds to the conviction that this is indeed a McCardell piece. Wonderfully full puffed style bloomer bottoms are striped in cream and red on cotton. Each leg has an elastic - that elastic and the flat knife pleats at the waist help create that fantastic, full shape! The bodice is cut to fit and one whole side buttons up in a precise, tight row of buttons. One tie is short and hooks into place and the other extra extra long and ties. Absolute amazing piece of fashion and of history! Excellent, unworn condition.

I have added some pictures so you can see some McCardell pieces that are similar in structure (all are in museum collections). Most telling is the dress - it's the same striping fabric and plain cream fabric on the top - I would imagine that this is from that same collection!

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