Aldrich, Larry


Larry Aldrich (1906-2001) was an American manufacturer of women’s clothing. Aldrich began making clothing in 1927 but his own name didn’t appear on labels until the 1940s. Larry Aldrich clothing was stylish, but not fashion-forward. Styles from Paris were adapted to have a more conservative sensibility. He was a collector of modern art, and in the late 1960s was known for using Op Art fabrics that he had designed for him.

In 1957 Aldrich became very involved in art collecting, and made Marie McCarthy (who had been with the firm since 1943) the head designer. By the mid to late 60s, the label read “Marie McCarthy for Larry Aldrich.” In 1972, Larry Aldrich retired from the clothing business to concentrate on developing his art museum, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. He sold his business to Lew Prince, and the label became simply, “Aldrich.”

Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com

from a late 1950s-early 1960s day dress - Courtesy of artisannes

from a late 1950s-early 1960s day dress Courtesy of artisannes

from a mid 1960s party dress  - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

from a mid 1960s party dress Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

from a 1970s dress - Courtesy of elsewherevintage.com

from a 1970s dress Courtesy of elsewherevintage.com

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