This 1950s burlap circle skirt with green giraffe appliqué & hand painting is truly the most fabulous, silliest, most adorable garment ever made. It's a simple flared circle skirt cut on the bias in natural hessian/ burlap on a one inch waistband, then Ethel of Beverly Hills has painted a tropical tree on it, and appliquéd some flowers, and a large smiling giraffe in green felt, with black wool mane and tail and a red felt tongue, and has hand painted markings onto that giraffe. And the piece of resistance: the giraffe has real pearl earrings. Faux pearls. It is pretty heavy, but hangs beautifully. Wear this, and you will always be the talking point of the room.
Measurements: waist 24", length "
STORY: Mary was a fearless dresser and loved the unusual. This was a special find and an investment. Ethel of Beverly Hills was a short lived (1958-1966) very high end boutique, better known for embellished sweaters, which aren't easy to come by and fetch high prices. I've never seen an Ethel skirt. From the style, this would be from the very beginning, 1958.
FROM KATE SEKULES'S CLOSET A sweetly simple long-sleeved 1970s-does-Victorian black crepe turtleneck, with dropwaist, flared skirt, back zipper and seven self covered buttons at the... View full details
FROM LADY STARLIGHT'S CLOSET This is a great little number to instantly punk up any old thing. It's cream leather lined in silvery beige acetate,... View full details
FROM KATE SEKULES'S CLOSET Straight out of superfly land, circa 1973, here's a dark denim blazer and pant--it doesn't have to be a suit--with chestnut tipping and pocket... View full details