Once there was a young lady named Juli Lynne Charlot, who had nothing to wear to a Christmas party.
With little time to spare, and not knowing how to sew, Juli took some castoff felt from her mother’s factory and cut out a large circle. In the middle of this large circle she cut a smaller circle to fit her waist, effectively making a seamless skirt. She also added some festive appliqués to the skirt. Having received an enormous amount of compliments at the party, she started manufacturing and selling these skirts.
Juli Lynne Charlot, a twenty-five-year-old actress and singer, was a promising designer, although she could not sew herself. Juli designed her own costumes on the sets of movies that she premiered in. When the poodle skirt became increasingly more popular, Julie started her own factory, and took sewing lessons at a college. The factory took up so much of her time that she had to quit her sewing lessons. In fact, Juli hired her sewing instructor, and continued taking lessons from her new employee.
Many appliqués were used on the wide skirts, but that of an immaculate poodle with a curly leash was the most popular. Poodle skirts were usually a solid color, with a black or white appliqué. Poodle skirts were worn with flirty petticoats underneath, and a polo shirt. Other accessories included a wide belt, neck scarf (optional) and saddle shoes. Many girls that could not afford these skirts made their own.
The poodle skirt still breaks out in places even today, and it’s impact as a fashion trend was felt widely over the whole United States.
This post was created for you by Allegra. It is first in a series of posts about our fascination with skirts from the past.