'Mary McFadden: Goddesses' fuses fashion with fine art

  • July 26, 2009 14:44

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Mary McFadden Wedding Dress from the "Collection Mongolia" 1999, worn with Mary's Tibetan emerald necklace with Macramé. Photographed in the Hall of Tzars, St. Petersburg, Russia, during a fashion show for the White Nights Festival. Photo by Sven Arnstein
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Mary McFadden, now 70 and a longtime force in American fashion, has collected fantastic art from all around the world, from every moment in history. She's got a stunning crown from China, encrusted with gold dragons and at least a thousand years old. She's got a golden funerary mask made in Peru about A.D. 400, and a necklace made of huge fish teeth from 18th-century Cuba. Those and dozens of other compelling artifacts fill the display cases in "Mary McFadden: Goddesses" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

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