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The cleaning and restoration of a Claire McCardell dress

This 2 piece Claire McCardell dress (circa 1950) was sent to me by the Phoenix Art Museum for restoration.

The dress was stained in numerous places and smelt like it had been stored in a damp basement for the past 50 years.

Claire McCardell was the founder of American ready-to-wear women's fashion and creator of what has become known as the "American Look" - casual but sophisticated clothes with a functional design.

The following before and after photos reflect the transformation.

McCardell dress tag


Dress Before McCardell dress after


McCardell bust of dress before McCardell bust of dress after


McCardell bolero McCardell bolero after


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