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Mary McFadden Ivory Quilted Jacket and Fortuny Stye Pleated Skirt Set

$850

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Mary McFadden Ivory quilted jacket and matching Fortuny style pleated short skirt set. This beautiful set is perfect for any special occasion and would even make a stunning wedding outfit. The open front jacket has a high stand away neckline, a design that was iconic to her. The jacket is horizontally quilted and has a soft sculpted look. The sleeves are long and shaped with welt cord along the outside vertical seam. There are hip pockets at either side seam. Unlined all seams are finished. The matching skirt is short with a cased elastic waist, the skirt pulls on. Done in McFadden's Fortuny tribute pleats, which are irregular tight pleats. Marked size 10. From the 1980s. In excellent wearable condition. All our clothing is dry cleaned and inspected for condition and is ready to wear. Any condition issues will be noted. For visual comparison our mannequin is a size 4. Please check the measurements provided below and compare with your own measurements for the best possible fit! Please contact us if you have any questions about this item or need more photos. Measurements are in inches: Jacket Bust 38-40 Hip 40-42 Shoulder back 15 Sleeve length 23 1/2 Center neck back to hem back 33 1/2 Skirt Waist 28-30 Hip 34-36 Length 23

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  • Dimensions
    Marked Size: 10 (US)
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    Quilted jacket Open front Sleeves with welt cord detail Unlined finished seams Hip on seam pockets Cased elastic waist skirt Fortuny style pleats Knee length skirt
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    West Palm Beach, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2849829782

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About the Designer

Mary McFadden

Less could have been expected from a well-bred society girl like Mary McFadden (b. 1938), who stepped out of the safe confines of the haut monde to create iconic designs inspired by ancient and ethnic cultures and traditions. Fashion, in fact, was not initially on her agenda.

“I fell into it backwards,” she told the New York Times in 1979.

Born in New York but raised on a cotton plantation in Memphis, Tennessee, McFadden spent a few months at the Traphagen School of Fashion in 1956 and moved on to study sociology and anthropology at Columbia University. Afterward, she spent a short period of time in public relations at Christian Dior during the early 1960s, but she was unsure exactly what would lie ahead for her. McFadden decided to relocate to South Africa with her first husband, who oversaw production of the De Beers mines. While there, she began to design her own clothes — tunics that featured African prints, made of silk she’d found in Madagascar — because she couldn’t find anything that suited her.

In 1970, following two divorces, McFadden returned to her native New York City and was offered a job as an editor at Vogue magazine. Her colleagues admired the sophisticated garments she made in South Africa and had been wearing to work, and the magazine staffers pleaded to feature her designs, which meant she’d need to go into business in order to make them available to readers. So, in 1973, McFadden took the jump, soon becoming known for refreshing kimono-shaped jackets and richly colored pleated dresses that evoke the freedom of a Greek chiton — a far cry from the dull routine office attire for working women at the time. A collection of jewelry followed, and in 1977, McFadden patented her “marii” fabric, a pleated synthetic charmeuse that fell “like liquid gold on the body, like Chinese silk.”

In 1976, McFadden won her first Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award, and a few years later, she entered the Coty Award Hall of Fame. While her business shuttered in the early 2000s, the beloved designer’s timeless styles endure.

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