By  on October 14, 2009

BOSTON — Presumably, airline baggage screeners don’t often handle valuable ancient textiles in carry-on luggage, but that didn’t stop Mary McFadden from arriving with last-minute additions for “Mary McFadden: Goddesses,” running through Dec. 5 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design here.

Pulled from McFadden’s archives, the show features about 40 ensembles spanning her career, including four runway finale wedding dresses; roughly 50 pieces of gold jewelry, much of it pre-Columbian, and 14 source textiles collected worldwide. With pale skin and inky bobbed hair stopping ruler-precise at her chin, McFadden, 71, reviewed the show several days before its opening wearing a skirt purchased at a thrift store topped with a 300-year-old jacket from Isfahan, Iran.

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