Very Rare - UNCUT Claire McCardell Cloister Dress, Sizes XS-XL
Claire McCardell is generally recognized as one of the most influential American ready-to-wear designers of the 20th century. Her designs defined “The American Look”: sporty, comfortable, understated and elegant.
The Cloister Dress, from the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, was designed as a romantic but practical wedding gown for a young wartime bride. This natural-shouldered dress of soft wool jersey was made to be easy to pack and warm to wear.
In spite of obvious historical references, the classic lines of the dress look completely modern today. A fitted bodice with a high, slight V-neckline and dolman sleeves flatters the figure. The ankle-length skirt (easily shorted to mid-calf or above the knee) gathers into a shaped dropped waist. A separate hood buttons at the neck and can be worn up or down.
Especially suited for fabrics with two-way stretch. The original is made of a cream-colored heavy wool jersey and would be equally elegant in cashmere or silk blend knits, or modern in casual cotton jersey, fun stretch lace or velvet.