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Bright and unusual colors can bring a design to life: Mainbocher gilded a plaid evening jacket; Nina Ricci gave an otherwise traditional dress an electric blue hue; Bill Blass chose a neon hue for this fun ruffled dress; and Norman Norell created a bright, bombastic check. Traditionally, plaid is woven, but other methods can produce the design. Missoni’s famous knitwear offers a sweater-soft plaid, and the design of this printed silk dress appears hand-painted.
Worn in Cleveland by Michaeline Maschke. The Mrs. Maurice Maschke, Jr. Collection, 86.94.2. Featured in "Mad for Plaid" Exhibit.