This RARE HISTORIC 1937 McCall Pattern number 9176 is an evening dress created by renowned designer Mainbocher. This pattern is an Original, Authentic, Never Used, Never Opened, Sewing Pattern from 1937. It is a piece of history, a historical treasure.
This pattern was featured in McCall Style News April 1937 in a red print, and in the April 1937 McCall Fashion Book Large Format Magazine in white (great bridal gown idea).
Established in 1929, the house of Mainbocher successfully operated in Paris (1929–1939) and later in New York. Mainbocher was a fashion house serving royalty, Hollywood, and the social elite. An exhibition titled "Making Mainbocher, The First American Couturier" is being held at the Chicago History Museum through August 31, 2017.
How did I get this pattern? In the early 1970s I knew a man who owned a fabric store opened in the 1930s. He was closing his business and wanted to know if I was interested in a box of 1930s patterns he had in the basement for 40 years. I saved them for another 40 years. 80 years have passed. Some of the patterns in this box were multiples. There were 13 of this pattern all in the same size; they are the only 13 left in the world that are unused originals. The balance of my McCall patterns from this stash will also be available in my LindaLonia store, but this one is special because it was designed by Mainbocher.
This is an ORIGINAL 1937 pattern, NOT a digital copy nor a reproduction. The envelope has some age discoloration around the edges, some slight creases in corners. Pattern is complete with no damage, instructions are intact.
It is a collector's item for lovers of fashion history. It is valuable for its beautiful fashion illustration alone and will continue to increase in value with time.