The donor was also the person who wore this outfit; she lived in Washington, D.C. It was designed by Claire McCardell, one of the leading American fashion designers at the time. McCardell was known for her use of everyday fabrics and the way in which her clothing could be worn for a variety of events by changing the accessories. This particular outfit, made from a printed calico cotton, was featured in the fashion pages of Vogue magazine in the May 1, 1956, issue, where it is shown as "high fashion" for wearing to a more formal event. We have chosen to show it with casual accessories, as it might have been worn for daytime events. Exhibited in Smithsonian's America, Chiba, Japan, summer 1994.