Recently I have been buying up vintage maxi skirts left right and centre and it started off when I saw this photo by Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [Young Jamaican lady standing in her mother's front room in Brixton Hill]', 1973 as part of a V&A photo display exhibition to start next month, called Staying Power. Important and Thought Provoking, if you are in London Go and see it or check it out on line.
When I saw the photo that inspired my MaxiSkirt Love Affair - Apart from OMGoodness as it felt like I was looking through my own family photo album from the 70s, my family being from the Caribbean Island of St Lucia.
I was like I want her skirt - yes I know very Random . Although when I was in my late teens to early twenties, by day I was very much a Miss 1960's to 1970's dresser and raided my mum "vintage" fabrics and mum and dad’s wardrobe for all things 60’s and 70's and now it all gets called vintage well I guess I remember when it was 2nd hand.
It surprises me even now when I see that clothes from the 90’s are tagged vintage.
I thought this would be a side line project, its turning into a monster I love. I thought that as I love a long skirt I could get in some Crimplene/Polyester fabric maxi skirts, as some of the prints and styles are so vivid and wild, then I thought about mixing the fabrics together so I took out some of the panels of skirts and swapped them around or added them to other skirts that I already had in my collection.
Below are photos where you can see what I have done using three maxi skirts. One was plain brown, one with brown and yellow flowers in a geometric pixelated style on to a white background and one that looked like it has a patch worked denim blue and brown floral fabric printed onto it.
The one on the left was a little too long in the front so I hitched up the front two corners with a vertical pleat stitch.
I did not bother to do a before photo as I was all about the after and as I wanted to get them finished and worn.
I am so maxi skirt at the moment darling , but loving it. Next... more skirts and Denim…..