1980s Mary McFadden Dusky Pink & Gold Pleated Juliet Sleeve Dress
This dramatic and full sleeve dress by Mary McFadden has a definitive Elizabethan feel to it. The Juliet sleeves are full and exaggerated to the extreme and give the dress its main focal point. A wide metallic gold panel runs down the upper part of each arm and acts as a touch of support to the fullness that runs from the shoulder to the elbow. There is inner built in structure inside each sleeve to help hold the shape. Beneath that, the sleeves conform to your arm for contrast. The entire dress is made from her signature pleating which allows it to highlight the body under the fabric, yet still skim over your curves. The neckline is cut wide and the bodice is slightly shaped to follow the curve of the body. It has a low dropped waist that is highlighted with the same wide band of metallic braiding. I love how this curves downwards. The skirt under that is done with a touch of a different pleating pattern for contrast. These are easy to wear and care for and it is a definite statement piece. Excellent condition
Unlined through the body. The upper sleeves are lined in an organza that is inset to help retain the shape and volume you see. The dress closes with a side painted metal and nylon zipper. Tagged a vintage 10. The fabric has tons of stretch so it should fit a variety of sizes
Slightly inset shoulders: 14"
Bust: 14-20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 13-18" flat across from side seam to side seam
At the gold dropped band: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips below the band: open
Bodice: 17.5" from top of shoulder to top of dropped band, the band is 2" wide
Skirt: 35" from top of dropped band to hem
Length: 53" from shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
Reference Photos: (1) Jacki Adams and Iman with sculpture in "Sensuous…Mary McFadden" for US Vogue, February 1983. Photographed by Horst P. Horst. / (2) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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