Woman's Evening Coat

Designed by Mary McFadden, American, born 1938

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
Spring/Summer 1987

Medium:
Black, tan, and white printed quilted silk plain weave

Dimensions:
Center Back Length: 45 inches (114.3 cm)

Copyright:

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2001-209-19

Credit Line:
Gift of Lisa D. Kabnick, 2001

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Mary McFadden’s clothing, while consistently simple in shape, is informed by her deep interest in a range of ancient and exotic civilizations. This coat is from her “Chapungo” collection inspired by Africa, where she lived for a number of years in the 1960s. The dramatic print features bird forms derived from the funerary totems of the Sakalava-Vezo people of Madagascar. The columnar coat is given a supple body by McFadden’s signature narrow quilting.