This 1980’s Revival Egyptian Scarab Brooch is signed by multiple award-winning designer, Mary McFadden. It is exquisite in gold tone with carved lapis and carnelian scarab cabochons in red and blue. They are bezel set in a gold toned intricately designed brooch. The colors are vivid in royal purple and carnelian. On the reverse it has a clip that could hold a scarf or a pin to wear it as a brooch. Hard to find; very collectible.
Approximate measurements: 1 7/8" X 1 3/8"
Excellent condition with original box.
Mary McFadden was the director of public relations for Dior New York in the 1960s.
From 1968 to 1970 she was an editor for South African Vogue.
In 1976 she began the clothing company Mary McFadden Inc.
She won her first Coty Award in 1976 and entered the Coty Hall of Fame in 1979.
From 1982 to 1983 she was the President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The CFDA Fashion Awards, was founded in 1980 with the first awards in 1981, which honors excellence in fashion design. It has been called "the Oscars of fashion".
She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including: a Lifetime Achievement Award during Fashion Week of the Americas, the Neiman Marcus Award of Excellence and the President’s Fellow Award from Rhode Island School of Design. She was also inducted into the Best-Dressed Hall of Fame. McFadden was also awarded the first Living Landmark Award by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
In 2012 she and Murray Gell-Mann published the book Mary McFadden: A Lifetime of Design, Collecting, and Adventure.