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Designer McFadden to give lecture March 9

Iconic American fashion designer Mary McFadden will visit Syracuse University on Tuesday, March 9, for a series of events that celebrate her distinguished career and benefit the next generation of fashion designers studying in the College of Visual and Performing Arts' (VPA) School of Art and Design.

At 2 p.m., McFadden will deliver a lecture on her career and design philosophy at The Warehouse Auditorium, first floor, The Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is presented as part of VPA's Sue Ann Genet Lecture Series.

From 6:30-9:30 p.m., the fashion design program will host "An Evening with Mary McFadden," which includes a fashion show of original McFadden Couture, a book signing and cocktails at Jet Black, 129 Walton St. The fashion show will consist of 40 complete looks representing McFadden's design work from the late 1970s to the early 2000s. The designs, which will be modeled by SU students, are part of the Martha M. Caldwell Costume Collection owned by Jeffrey Mayer, associate professor and coordinator of the fashion design program.

Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $25 for general admission or $50 for the book signing, which includes a first-edition copy of "Mary McFadden: High Priestess of High Fashion" (Bunker Hill Publishing, 2004) by McFadden and Ruta Saliklis. A limited number of copies of the book will be available. Tickets may be reserved and/or purchased in advance by contacting Suzanne Bartlett at 443-4644. Tickets will also be available at the door, but reservations are preferred.

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