mary mcfadden

1980s Mary MacFadden Couture Sequin Gown

In 1975 Mary McFadden invented a pleated technique that was a nod to Fortuny but was done in a polyester fabric and whose pleating was permanent. This fabrication became her trademark and was considered cutting edge at the time. This particular gown is a wonderful example of how she worked that fabric in and used it in contrast with other textural elements. The skirt is a beautiful silk brocade and has a subtle shimmer to tit. The top is of course her signature pleated fabric and is cut low in the front and will long and lean sleeves. It is the banding at the waist that I particularly love on this one - it is quite wide and has sequins hand sewn and placed on a gold metallic thread base! The contrast of the three elements is stunning and it is a beautiful gown and from her couture label! Excellent condition

Fully lined in a burgundy organza through the bodice and a red silky rayon through the skirt. It closes with a side hidden set painted metal zipper.

Sleeves: 22"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: open
Bodice: 15" from top of bodice to waist
Skirt: 39" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD1394

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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