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1970s Mary McFadden Beaded One Shoulder Pastel Sequin Dress
An accomplished designer, Mary McFadden studied in New York and Paris, worked at Dior, and served as the editor of Vogue South Africa among other positions and awards. She started her own label in the 1970s, incorporating global inspirations and classic silhouettes in her designs. Known for her trademark Fortuny style pleated dresses, this extraordinary 1970’s dress is a departure from her signature aesthetic.
Done in shimmering sequins on organza, this incredible dress features a diamond zig-zag pattern in shades of pink, lavender, turquoise, peach, and silver. The sleeveless bodice is introduced with a handmade gold fabric and stone strap, a design element that can be seen in some of McFadden’s earlier work. The blue and black veined stones give this dress an almost tribal feel while offering a nice contrast of texture and weight.
The fitted dress falls from the asymmetric neckline to a midi length below the knees in an asymmetric hem that finishes in a long point, balancing the one shoulder neckline and open décolletage to perfection. A special addition to the discerning fashion lover’s wardrobe, this dress is a beautiful work of art and is the perfect choice for a gala, wedding, or special occasion.
Size estimate: Medium
Bust: 34 inches
Waist: 32 inches
Hips: 38 inches
Length: Asymmetrical hem 46-51 inches
This 1970s Mary McFadden dress is fully lined in organza and closes with a concealed back zip. In excellent condition, it has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.