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Mary McFadden Blue Silk Quilted Belted Duster Coat, 1980s


Mary McFadden is understatedly the trifecta of the fashion industry. Having worked at Dior and serving as the editor of Vogue South Africa among other positions and awards, McFadden started her own label in the 1970s. With styles featuring bold contrasting colors and elements of texture, McFadden approached design by incorporating global inspirations and classic silhouettes.

From the estate of McFadden’s step-mother, this quilted duster meshes a variety of aesthetics seamlessly. On a sky-blue ground, diamond motifs emulative of southwestern prints are done in shades of yellow, clay, pale teal, and dusty rose. At the hem this motif is emboldened as a band of pale teal and the clay red. The use of primary colors makes this duster pop without being overly intense. The slits at the sleeve, and sides allow it to easily be won over another garment, while the padded shoulders give it a softly structured silhouette.

Size estimate: S/M


Shoulders: 16 inches

Sleeves: 25.5 inches

Bust: 36 inches

Waist: 32 inches

Hips: 36 inches

Length: 41.5 inches

Belt: 54 inches long

Unlined, the neck edge and front are bound and the duster closes at the neck with a single hook and eye. A detachable teal belt similar to an obi can be worn with the jacket invoking the style of kimono.

In excellent condition, this duster is a colorful masterpiece and aesthetic gem. 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.

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