Ask: 7/4/11

Do you have a favorite American fashion designer from the past or the present?


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Carolina Herrera and Marc Jacobs

  2. Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren. I’m boring, I know.

  3. Rina Costenaro


  4. Claire McCardell. I think she once designed patterns for one of the big three, I wish they’d be reissued.

  5. Ah, thank you for calling out Clarie McCardell, she truly is an American designer of a lovely era!

  6. I have lots of favorites! Adrian, the film designer had an enormous influence on American fashion (and wound up leaving the film world behind–mostly–to focus on couture). Part of the fun of the movie, The Women, is the gorgeous costuming and not-to-be-missed fashion show sequence in stunning technicolor (black and white film). Valentina (originally Russian, but immigrated to the U.S. and also worked in the film world) and the wonderful Claire McCardell. Adrian and McCardell, in particular, argued for an American brand of fashion.