MARY MCFADDEN / ENCENS n°27 – 2012

IMG_0001 ‘And so in 1973, when Stutz insisted on an order for almost a hundred pieces, McFadden found herself drafted into the designer business. Throughout her career McFadden has represented a strain of individualism within American fashion; her path is one she has forged alone. Collaborating with artists on jewelery and interiors (she was an early supporter of a young Julian Schnabel) she has left her mark as an artists in her own right. Taking inspiration from antiquity, McFadden found solace in worlds past; from them she pursued a model of perfection unlike anything else: ‘I think the simple things are the most beautiful. The most refined forms were worked over for hundreds of years to achieve their perfection. They’re classic, because we already know they work.’