Cassandra Stone is a division of Mad Duggal Designs. Born in India, Designer Mac Duggal’s enthusiasm for women’s couture fashion was honed at an early age when he took a sketch pad and began to merge the rich, royal history and opulent traditions of his native land with a sophisticated and contemporary esthetic.
Arriving in the United States at the age of 23, Mac’s American success story began with a custom designed tulle ballgown featuring a subtle hand-painted underlining. Dubbed his "Wish Upon A Star” design, the dress launched his namesake collection and remains the inspiration for some of the brand’s most sought-after ready-to-wear bestsellers.
Today the Mac Duggal Design House, headquartered in Burr Ridge, IL outside the city of Chicago, continues to showcase seasonal collections known for their statement and entrance-making drama, feminine detailing and modern sensibility. Each Mac Duggal design reflects Mac’s vision to create wearable gowns and dresses that encapsulate the very essence of the women who wear them and reflect her strength, confidence and inner beauty.
Mac Duggal’s creations are as magnificent as the maharaja palaces that served as the brand’s earliest inspiration. From sleek and streamlined silhouettes to intricate drapings and body conscious shapes that garner attention to more jeweled, beaded, embroidered and embellished styles – each present an early indicator to the upcoming season’s trends with an exquisite attention to detail that are the hallmark of an authentic Mac Duggal design.
From couture one-of-a-kind styles fabricated for red carpet, performance, stage and screen to cocktail dresses and gowns to mark special occasions and milestone moments – every Mac Duggal design is a timeless and ageless fashion statement that defines every stage of a woman’s life and fashion lifestyle.
ABOUT THE BRAND
The Mac Duggal brand is positioned at the high end of the women’s special occasion dress market and includes eleven different collections driven by Designer Mac Duggal’s artistic, modern and luxurious design with couture-inspired fit and sizing.
The Mac Duggal brand maintains a well-established customer base that spans the globe and includes North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, Dubai, Russia, Japan, Canada and South America.
While corporate headquarters and the design studio based in Burr Ridge, Illinois, Mac Duggal collaborates with exclusive leading global partners in the manufacturing and production of its branded product. The Mac Duggal team is partnered with more than 30,000 experts worldwide in ensuring the highest level of quality control is maintained in the fabrication of its designs.
From fashion editor to celebrity stylist, movie star to headline entertainer, pageant winner to prom queen – Mac Duggal’s designs are spotlighted, worn and coveted by fashionistas and trendsetters alike. From adorning actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Beal and Cybil Shepherd to headlining the stage on Tina Turner, Bette Midler and Aretha Franklin, from guest segments on Jersey Couture and My Fair Wedding to appearances on the big screen in Country Strong, Titanic and Oceans 11 and crowning achievements on Miss America and Miss USA -- the brand has gained significant media prominence and celebrity buzz.
Designer Mac Duggal won the DIVA 1998 Fashion Award for Designer of The Year in the Prom/Pageant category and has been the featured brand on the covers of Teen Prom, Pageantry Magazine and Seventeen Magazine.
THE MAC DUGGAL COLLECTIONS
The Mac Duggal brand has come a long way since its inception in 1985. The very first collection called Creative Creations was a streamlined presentation of dazzling gowns showcasing Designer Mac Duggal’s heritage with the most beautiful and luxurious fabrics, embellishments and innovative silhouettes. Proud of his cultural roots, Mac Duggal implemented rich, vibrant colors, textures and fabrications to rival the hot and spicy flavor of his homeland in his premiere collection –and his talents paid off as the collection was widely received and served as the launching pad for the brand’s prominence and dominance in the special occasion category today.
Twenty-five years later, eleven unique collections carry the Mac Duggal label. From the classical interpretations and lush fabrications in the Couture line to the trend driven, fun and sassy styles indicative of the Prom line to the figure flattering styles and extended sizing in the Plus line – these and every manner of special occasion dressing in between make up the Mac Duggal Collection. Season after season, Mac Duggal continues to provide fresh inspiration, set trends in silhouette, color and design while delivering a wide-ranging spectrum of fashion and style.
One Mac Duggal pageant gown alone may be embellished with more than 20,000 hand sewn Swarovski crystals and constructed from more than 120 yards of fabric and another dress might introduce a simple new drape technique that reinvents the appeal of the timeless and classic Little Black Dress – this is the magic and the intrigue behind the brand.