New Claire McCardell monument helps to put the iconic fashion designer — and Frederick — on the map | Arts & entertainment

Over the past two years, sculptor Sarah Hempel Irani and a team spearheaded by the Frederick Art Club has worked tirelessly to bring a bronze statue of renowned fashion designer Claire McCardell to Frederick. It will be unveiled to the public on Oct. 17 at its permanent location along Carroll Creek Linear Park.

But its installation is bigger than Sarah, bigger than Claire, and bigger than Frederick.

As the statue commemorates a historical figure, it also makes history itself, a tangible statement showing the direction in which public art is moving, as more women begin to be recognized, memorialized,

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