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Esta Nesbitt fashion illustrationsMademoiselle magazine (KA0086.03) ➔ "Now Into Spring: Wear Lilacs"

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Esta Nesbitt (artist)
Claire McCardell (designer)
Mary Stevens (designer)
Mademoiselle (commissioner)


circa 1949

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tear sheets


Mademoiselle magazine fashion editorial featuring two dresses in different shades of lilac. The dress on the left (in pink lilac worsted wool) is a shirtdress with a box-pleated skirt by designer Mary Stevens. The dress on the right (in blue lilac wool jersey) is by Claire McCardell and includes a pleated skirt and bodice with spaghetti ties that wrap multiple times around the waist. Both dresses are paired with long gloves and coordinating hats.


A similar dress by McCardell can be found here: "Claire McCardell: Dress." The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Kellen Design Archives


box OSx1, folder 13



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