I first encountered Claire McCardell in the basement of the Metropolitan Mueseum of Art's Costume Institute in the 1970's. Before the internet, before style.com, there was hands on research. My class entered a stark climate controlled room with a couple of long tables and mannequins. We donned cotton gloves (before the invention of latex), and were instructed to handle the garments as little as possible. Just to inspect them long enough to get the jist of the grain and construction.
Claire McCardell created comfortable and sensible sportswear for women during a time of girdles, pumps, and unrealistic expectations. She heralded American fabrics such as denim, plaid, cottons, and wool jersey.
She made casual sundresses, topstitching, wide belts, and plunging wrap bathing suits the de rigueur of her time, even as European designers continued restrictive shapes and fabrics.
Absolutely fabulous articles:
And she loved RED!