INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED DESIGNER MARY MCFADDEN TO SPEAK
OSWEGO -- Mary McFadden, one of the top names in the
fashion and design industry, will share her knowledge and experience at
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in Room 105 of Lanigan Hall at SUNY
Artswego and the SUNY Oswego art department
co-sponsor her admission-free talk, which is open to the public. A
reception will follow.
Profiled as "The High Priestess of High Fashion" by
Life magazine, McFadden earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the
Fashion Week of the Americas in 2002 for international innovation in
fashion and design.
She has served as president of the Council of
Fashion Designers of America, received the first-ever "Living Landmark"
for excellence in design from the New York Landmarks Conservatory,
earned a Neiman Marcus Award of Excellence and was enshrined in the
Coty Hall of Fame and the Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame.
McFadden formed her own design house in 1973. Her
resume also includes time as director of public relations for Christian
Dior New York and editor of Vogue South Africa.
McFadden's innovative work draws from the artistic
world as well as classical influences from the Egyptians, Greeks,
Celts, Indians, Africans and others.
The designer's visit to SUNY Oswego comes through a
friendship with Evgeny Steiner, a visiting associate professor in the
college's art department. The two have been friends since meeting at a
conference at New York University in March 2000.
Steiner said he mentioned a course he teaches this
semester on Chinese art and McFadden expressed an interest in sitting
in on the class. "I thought it would be interesting for my students if
she would talk to the class," Steiner said of McFadden, who is no
stranger to giving lectures around the world. He then inquired about
having her give an informal talk to a broader audience as long as she
was on campus.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance to
attend this event should contact the SUNY Oswego art department at