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Mary McFadden vintage costume jewelry

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Mary McFadden vintage costume jewelry

Scarab Egyptian revival brooch scarf pin. Gold tone, carved faux lapis and carnelian cabochons. 1980s. Mary McFadden vintage costume jewelry

Mary McFadden vintage costume jewelry
Born October 1, 1938, in New York City, McFadden studied costume design at the Traphagen School of Fashion, graduating in 1956. She lived on Park Avenue in Manhattan and worked as director of public relations for Dior New York and was editor of South African Vogue in the 1960s and 1970s. From 1982 to 1983, she was president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Winner of numerous design and fashion awards, Mary McFadden has traveled extensively around the world. She founded her company, Mary McFadden Inc. in 1976. Inspired by the art of China, Africa, Greece and South America, Mary created original clothing designs from textiles picked up during her travels.

Noteworthy, in her early fashion shows the designer used jewelry created by well-known jewelry companies. However, in the late 1970s she began creating jewelry herself, marking it with her name. McFadden jewelry designs are highly original and inspired by the diversity of world cultures. Traditionally, her jewelry designs include Celtic, Etruscan, Pre-Columbian, Egyptian and African motifs. Along with gold-tone alloys, brass and art glass imitating natural stones, McFadden used gold plating and natural stones.

Extremely rare on the vintage jewelry market, Mary McFadden jewelry is highly sought after by collectors for its timeless design and exceptional craftsmanship.

High Priestess of High Fashion

High Priestess of High Fashion Mary McFadden

MMcF mark

MMcF mark

Mary McFadden vintage costume jewelry

Byzantine brushed gold bracelet

Byzantine brushed gold bracelet

Celtic knot pierced round brooch pin. 10 K gold, mabe pearl

Celtic knot pierced round brooch pin. 10 K gold, mabe pearl

Egyptian revival gold plated pendant with charms

Egyptian revival gold plated pendant with charms

Etruscan revival gold plated pierced earrings

Etruscan revival gold plated pierced earrings

Floral design gold plated scarf clip

Floral design gold plated scarf clip

Gold tone clip on earrings

Gold tone clip on earrings

Hammered gold statement pendant

Hammered gold statement pendant

Heart stylized lion pendant and earrings of gold tone. 1990s

Heart stylized lion pendant and earrings of gold tone. 1990s

Jeweled buttons

Jeweled buttons

Lapis Lazuli gold plated necklace

Lapis Lazuli gold plated necklace

Pierced leaf design gold tone brooch pin

Pierced leaf design gold tone brooch pin

Rope bow gold plated brooch

Rope bow gold plated brooch

Round filigree design gold plated brooch. 1980s

Round filigree design gold plated brooch. 1980s

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark