Celebrating 'Claire' the fashion designer

Attending the publishing and birthday party, left to right: Marilyn Bagel, the Frederick Art Club president; Carolyn Greiner, Claire McCardell Project steering committee; Mary Ryan Reeves, illustrator of the Claire books; and Cristy Stup, Linda Moran, and Marita Stup Loose, all members of the steering committee. Not pictured: Julia Schaeffer, steering committee.

Mary Ryan Reeves, illustrator of “Claire: The Little Girl Who Climbed to the Top and Changed the Way Women Dress,” hosted a party at her home recently to celebrate both the book’s official publication and what would have been fashion designer Claire McCardell’s 116th birthday. Debra Scala Giokas authored the picture book.

Party guests included members of the Frederick Art Club steering committee who this October will unveil a larger-than-life bronze statue of the iconic designer at the east end of Carroll Creek Linear Park in downtown Frederick.

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What took so long to celebrate this Great Lady? Wonderful this is being done. Thank you!

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