Costume and Textiles
Woman's Evening CoatMade in United States, North and Central America
Designed by Mary McFadden, American, born 1938
Black, tan, and white printed quilted silk plain weave
Currently not on view
2001-209-19Gift of Lisa D. Kabnick, 2001
LabelMary 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.