mary mcfadden

1970s Mary McFadden Dress

Mary McFadden is an interesting designer. In 1975 she patented a pleating process that mimicked the Fortuny pleat but hers was done with polyester fabric instead of silk and the pleating stays permanently. Her early pieces and couture line are often stunning and beautiful pieces but later, mass produced, licensed lines produced pieces that are often atrocious. So I am super picky about which Mcfadden's make it to the site. This one is a beauty. It is a faux criss crossed bodice so the pleating really shines through - the skirt drapes form that bodice beautifully. Note this piece is unlabelled but has the same secondary tags as the other and came from the same estate. Its sexy but subtle and a perfect example of the LBD. Mint condition.

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