Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Design piracy is not a recent phenomenon, though. It just didn't get exposed as often without the instant news we now get on the internet. Take the example of the dress shown above by Claire McCardell from Spring 1958. The bias cut pale gray Irish linen dress skims the body and is accented with white piping at the neckline and pockets. This dress was included in the line that was to be McCardell's last, and much of it was designed by Mildred Orrick and Arnold Scaasi due to McCardell's ill health. In fact, by the time the above photo was published in June of 1958, McCardell had already passed from colon cancer.