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March 31, 2004


    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 Oswego. 

    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 312-2111.

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