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Claire McCardell (1905–1958)

Brenda Polan

Brenda Polan is a fashion writer, editor, lecturer and academic. She was formerly fashion editor and women’s page editor of The Guardian and has since written for all Britain’s major newspapers and many magazines. She was until recently Programme Director (Media) at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Tredre

Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Communication, at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Prior to his academic career, he worked in newspaper fashion journalism and was the first Editor-in-Chief of WGSN, the online fashion trends and research business. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Great Fashion Designers : From Chanel to McQueen, the names that made fashion history

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...She produced instant classics that were to form the basis of American designer sportswear. Impatient for a modern style of dress that reflected in both practical and conceptual ways the way women wanted to live and dress in the twentieth...
...History and Significance of Shoulder Pads Even before the US entered the Second World War in December 1941, dress for working women stressed serviceability and comfort. On 24 June 1941, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), in “Costume Suggested...

McCardell, Claire

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Claire McCardell was one of the most influential women’s sportswear designers of the twentieth century. Best known for her contributions to the “American look,” she was inspired by the active lifestyle of American women. Known for casual...

Isaac Mizrahi

Elizabeth Kutesko

Elizabeth Kutesko is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Designer biography

...Isaac Mizrahi was born in New York in 1961 and attended New York High School for the Performing Arts, before enrolling at the Parsons School of Design. On graduating in 1982, he worked as an assistant designer for Perry Ellis (1982–83...

The 1940s: World War II to the New Look

Phyllis G. Tortora

Phyllis G. Tortora is a widely published author of textbooks, encyclopedias and reference works, and a specialist on textiles and historic costume. Her books include Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, the Dictionary of Fashion, and Fairchild's Encyclopedia of Accessories. She is the co-author (with Keith Eubank) of Survey of Historic Costume: A History of Western Dress, and has contributed articles to Scribner's Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sara B. Marcketti

Sara B. Marcketti is an associate professor at Iowa State University, USA, where she serves as an associate director in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and formerly served as curator at the Textiles and Clothing Museum. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Survey of Historic Costume

Fairchild Books, 2021

Book chapter

...After studying this chapter, you will be able to:Demonstrate the influence of World War II on clothing styles for men and womenDescribe youth styles of the World War II periodCompare the silhouette of the war years with that of the New Look...