Mary McFadden will give an artist lecture and discuss her work and historic collections in conjunction with the opening reception for the exhibition Mary McFadden: Goddesses in the Sandra & David Bakalar Galleries from Sep 22 - Dec 5, 2009.
Mary McFadden: Goddesses features over thirty original haute couture gowns, numerous jewelry designs, and examples from her extensive historical textile and jewelry collections. Inspired by the art and culture of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Celtic, Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, Indian, and African civilizations, the internationally renowned fashion designer has developed a pantheon of artistic creations for the adornment of the feminine form. Frequently referred to as a "design archeologist," McFadden's distinctive garments reflect an avid study of ancient cultures. She launched her first collection in New York in 1973, won her first Coty Award in 1976, and entered the Coty Hall of Fame in 1979.
In the span of her thirty-six year career, McFadden has designed more than 100 collections. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including: a Lifetime Achievement Award during Fashion Week of the Americas, the Neiman Marcus Award of Excellence, and the President's Fellow Award from Rhode Island School of Design. McFadden's collections have been shown on runways from Caracas, La Paz, Mexico City, and New York to London, Mumbai, St. Petersburg, and Tokyo.
Mary McFadden: Goddesses was organized by The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design and curated by Lorie Mertes, Rochelle F. Levy Director and Chief Curator.
This exhibition has been supported in part by The Inn @ St. Botolph, Chartwells, and Kickass Cupcakes.