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Claire McCardell

Fashion Walk of Fame

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2012
1. Claire McCardell Marker
Inscription.  One of the most important fashion designers of the 20th Century, Claire McCardell helped create “The American Look.” McCardell pioneered the American style of casual sportswear. Inspired by activewear and menswear, she made practical, comfortable and wearable clothes. She was dedicated to the democratization of fashion. As she once said, “I belong to a mass production country where any of us, all of us, deserve the right to good fashion.”
 
Erected 2000.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicWomen.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 40° 45.219′ N, 73° 59.317′ W. Marker was in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker was on Seventh Avenue. This marker is located in the sidewalk on east side of Seventh Avenue between West 38th Street and West 39th Street. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 525 Seventh Avenue, New York NY 10018, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Garment District Mural (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mercury Theatre (approx.
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 16, 2012
2. Claire McCardell Marker
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0.2 miles away); Knickerbocker Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Amsterdam Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); Broadway at 35th Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Benito Juarez (approx. 0.2 miles away); Here the Motion Picture Began (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Bryant Park (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. This marker, and all other markers in the series, are currently (July 2020) missing. A 2019 posting on the Garment District Alliance website says “The Walk of Fame has been removed for redesign”.
 
Also see . . .
1. Claire McCardell - Fuzzyline Vintage Clothing. Her first huge success came in the fall of 1938. This was her Monastic dress, a dress that had no front, back, or waistline, and that tied to suit the wearer. This dress was originally produced for Best & Co. who marketed the dress as the Nada Frock. Its huge success led to its inclusion in the Townley line. (Submitted on August 9, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 

2. Claire McCardell. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on April 8, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Additional keywords. fashion designer
 
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By from Time Magazine, May 2, 1955
3. Claire McCardell
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 9, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   3. submitted on April 6, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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