Sarah Hempel Irani in her studio 4 (copy)

Photos of renowned Frederick designer Claire McCardell perched on an easel.

The Frederick Parks and Recreation Commission recently recommended a proposal from the Frederick Art Club to install a statue along Carroll Creek Linear Park aimed at honoring the celebrated fashion designer Claire McCardell.

The proposed project would feature a 7½-foot-tall bronze sculpture of McCardell at a site that overlooks the creek.

In addition to being credited with creating the sportswear look in America, McCardell, a Frederick native, appeared on the cover of Time magazine and was named one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine.

“The Parks and Recreation Commission has been very helpful to us throughout the process of identifying a site,” said Linda Moran, who chairs the steering committee for the project. “It’s wonderful to know that our plans were well made and we only have one more approval to seek from the city.”

The Art Club recently launched a $209,000 fundraising campaign for the project and the hope is to unveil the sculpture in 2021. Sarah Hempel Irani, an award-winning sculptor based in Frederick, has been commissioned to create the sculpture, while Kirolloff Design of Frederick will create a wayside exhibit that tells McCardell’s story.

The commission’s recommendation will now go before the mayor and Board of Aldermen for approval.

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