Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mary McFadden: Goddesses

On the Threads Magazine web site there's an article by Susan Khalje about the Mary McFadden Exhibit in Washington D.C. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

One of Mary's gowns with a macrame shawl.

If you are unfamiliar with Mary McFadden's work, may I just say...um...where have you been hiding for the past 40 years or so?
One of Mary's quotes: "My goal has been to give an art form to dressing by virtue of creating some of the most beautiful hand-painted fabrics and developing new areas in pleating and quilting that have not been done before on Seventh Avenue."

In additional to her use of pleats and quilted apparel, she also dabbled in macrame and adding knotted accoutrements to her elegant dresses.

A macramed bodice

This embroidery inspires me to create micro-macramed sections for an evening dress.

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