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Vintage Mary Mcfadden Red Fortuny Pleated Maxi 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.

She notably created pleated garments that resemble the famous pleated silk dresses by Mariano Fortuny which eventually became her trademark. “The effect I'm searching for is to have the fabric fall like liquid gold against the body” said McFadden of her ‘Marii’ technique, and she seems to have accomplished just that.

Made up of Fortuny style pleats, this gorgeous crimson Mary McFadden dress is an elegant study of color and texture. Beginning with a simple boat neckline and three-quarter length sleeves with ties at the back of each wrist, the fitted bodice features a panel of diagonally pleated fabric that accentuates the waistline at both the front and back of the dress.

The straight skirt falls to a maxi length from gathered pleats at the hips which brings a fullness to the otherwise columnar silhouette of the gown. Radiating an effortless chic, this comfortable gown is the perfect choice for a wedding or special occasion.

Size: 6 will look good on a smaller size as well depending on desired fit.

Size estimate: Small/med

Shoulders: 13.5 inches

Sleeves: 20 inches

Bust: 34

Waist: 24-28 inches

Hips: 36 inches

Length: 60 inches

This Mary McFadden dress is unlined and has zip closures at the neck and a concealed side zip. The sleeves can be pushed up for a fuller look, giving this gown a slightly different feel.

In excellent condition, this dress 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.

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