"Inspired by Claire"
An Art and Fashion Exhibit
Opens Sunday April 19, 2020 at Heritage Frederick.
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Inspired by Claire is an exhibit featuring original artwork inspired by the life and work of iconic fashion designer Claire McCardell will open Sunday, April 19 at Heritage Frederick, 24 E. Church Street in downtown Frederick, Maryland.
The artists behind the works on display—representing a variety of
mediums—are all members of the Frederick Art Club, one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the nation. The art exhibit, managed by art club member Marion Griffin, will continue through May 30.
The public is invited to the opening reception, 3-5 p.m., which for that afternoon only will also feature original McCardell fashions and memorabilia from Heritage Frederick, Hood College and private collections. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and light refreshments will be offered. Admission to the opening is free.
The opening will be preceded, at 2 p.m., by a special appearance by Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, award-winning writer and McCardell aficionado who has been published in the New York Times and the New Yorker. Dickinson will share insights and anecdotes about McCardell gained through extensive research for her definitive Washington Post Magazine story “A Dress for Everyone” that tells the designer’s story from her youth in Frederick through her rise to renown in the fashion industry. Limited seating is available for this program. To reserve, email by April 15. A $20 donation is payable at
“The primary requirement for the artwork selected for the exhibit was that it be inspired by Claire in some way—such as her designs, her focus on ease and movement, her professional or private life,” said Linda Moran, chairperson of the Frederick Art Club’s Claire McCardell Project. “Each piece will be accompanied
by an image showing the source of inspiration. It will be exciting to see what our talented artists have in store for the exhibit.”