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Mary McFadden silk tapestry jacqaurd day suit - size 10 - jacket and skirt - designer 1980s American couture

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Estate sale find: vintage 80s or early 90s Mary McFadden scuba style silk jacquard day suit--skirt and jacket. The colors are muted and pale--light sky blue, dusty mauve, powdery marigold, and the design in the jacquard is a stunning paisley-like floral motif. The colors are best shown in the image above that shows the back of the neck and the label. The full length images look darker than it really is.

The jacket has a body conscious silhouette and it has vents all around--you can see the two at the front hips--to maintain the long line when you move or sit down (the vent allows for the fabric to keep the line). It zippers down the front with a lingerie clasp at the bottom of the zipper (nice touch). The collar is a streamlined and modified Mandarin style, and the shoulder has a very small shoulder pad to extend the natural shoulder past the shoulder seam to gain a rounded and more feminine shoulder. Mary McFadden is/was a master at sheathing the female form, and this suit shows this mastery. The lining is very soft and silky (it is silk) and I'm sure it feels like an Armani jacket when you wear it.

Both garments are labeled "Collection by Mary McFadden," who was known for her luxurious fabrics and styling. this is a great special event suit or a great look for a mother of the bride--nice and fashion forward and feminine. A scene making suit but not a scene stealing suit. Hows that.

* jacket
34"-35" bust
33" waist
14" shoulder width, seam to seam (but note that there is a shoulder pad that extends slightly past the seam to create a rounded shoulder).
15-1/2" sleeve inseam
23" sleeve outer length
25-1/4" back of neck to hemline rear

*skirt
29" high waist
40" hip
24" overall length
* fully lined plus string hang straps
* chrome waist closure tab needs a few stitches--it is loose.

condition: very clean and ready to wear. It could be dry cleaned to refresh but it is not necessary. Ther is minor wear consistent with age, but no stains, marks, or spots. It was well cared for and well maintained. I would call this wear now.

convo me with any questions, and thanks for shopping with me.

About me: I am a NY based photo prop stylist for magazines like Real Simple, Instyle, Seventeen, and a few others, plus I’m a well versed shopping powerhouse for props for my photo shoots (some, you will find, oftentimes end up here on Etsy). I really enjoy finding cool stuff, and the result is what I consider a finely curated collection of vintage clothing, fashion and home accessories, and mid century odds and ends---with fair and affordable pricing. I like good stuff, but I can't just hoard it can I?

On the whole I’m an easy to approach seller, and if you love something but can’t afford it and wish I would discount it for you I probably will. That said, I majorly frown on low-ball offers for items that are clearly well-priced, so don’t go there. My pricing is, I find, super cheap in comparison to like items in other shops or on Ebay. I'm just looking to clear out the bins and bins of great stuff I have accumulated over the years. When I shop I do so carefully, and select items of a certain quality and design dignity, and take great care in how each item compliments other items in my shop. I only list things I feel are of a high quality, or if a dress, for instance, is damaged, it's there for sale because I know there is someone out there who even with blemishes or repair needs wants that dress. I've found Etsy to be the perfect place for me to sell that sort of thing. So, the message is: there’s no junk here. I dutifully detail all measurements, blemishes, and details I feel are necessary in the listing, and welcome additional info about a designer or item from shoppers. In my travels I come across amazing vintage clothing in the spirit of Betty Draper and Joan Holloway from Mad Men--great silhouettes and styles that are hand made, dressmaker patterned, or tailor made by home makers in the 50s and 60s. When I come across major designer labels like Chanel or Dior I scoop them up, and again with damaged clothing of a certain quality I know there is someone out there with a mending kit and some moxie that wants them. That said, most of what I like to sell is in clean and ready to go condition.

Shipping: I can ship worldwide (though not everywhere) so convo me for inquiries about countries not listed. As a rule I try to ship Priority Mail when possible to insure that shipments arrive safely and have some sort of trafficking number. I can ship any way you like, though. For international shipments I can send via USPS International First Class depending on the weight of the package, and that is usually a less expensive route. When I am in town I generally ship same day as purchase or within 2 or 3 days. If I am out of town for extended periods of time I put my shop on hold, so if it’s up online I’m probably in town.

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http://www.etsy.com/shop/coolvintagefinds

See my other Etsy shop where I sell cool and unusual gift items and accessories for men, including vintage bar ware and glass ware, vintage sunglasses and cool and unique eye wear, vintage designer clothing and preppy mens ties, art and fashion books and hot rod and vintage sports magazines, and quality mid century home accessories--all things I feel might make great gifts for the guys in your life:
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cheers,
Chip

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Mary McFadden silk tapestry jacqaurd day suit - size 10 - jacket and skirt - designer 1980s American couture

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: all silk, silk lining, zipper, chrome clasps
  • Feedback: 847 reviews
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
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