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The History of Trends with Brocade & Lime: The Circle Skirt

brocade and lime circle skirts
frockadvisor chatted with the lovely Emma of Brocade & Lime, which is a stunning ‘vintage inspired’ themed clothing boutique in Cork city. Here, she tells us all about the origins of the Circle Skirt. Audrey Hepburn twirl skirtVia Nitrate Diva Where did this trend originate from? The ‘New look’ silhouette originated in Paris 1947 with the Spring/Summer Collection of Christian Dior. It was characterised by the small, nipped-in waist and the full skirt falling below mid-calf length. This flattered the feminine figure immeasurably by emphasising the bust and hips.  Dior circle skirt   When did it move into mainstream fashion? As the post-war fabric restrictions lessened, the ‘New Look’ became extremely popular, its full-skirted silhouette influencing other fashion designers well into the 1950s, and Dior gained a number of prominent clients from Hollywood and the European aristocracy. The New Look was welcomed in western Europe as a refreshing antidote to the austerity of wartime and de-feminizing uniforms, and was embraced by stylish women such as Princess Margaret in the UK.  Princess Margaret in Dior   Was there any vintage fashion icon or celebrity associated with this trend that made it famous? The elite of the Hollywood glamour era wore/emulated this design – Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. Dior Grace Kelly 1955   How did you come to stock it in your store? Brocade and Lime is an all-exclusive ‘vintage inspired’ themed boutique! We stock modern designers that have brazenly pillaged the past for inspiration – Collections are designated to decades, from the ‘art decadent’ 20s to the ‘psychedelic’ 70s! They are sourced worldwide from Costa-Rica to Moscow to local Irish designers. The full skirts of the ‘new look’ style epitomises the 50’s era perfectly. circle skirt   What’s your favourite way to style it? I would style them as authentically as I could!! I would enhance all the full circle dresses with a faux-vintage corset, petticoat and seamed stockings… complimenting them each with a matching hat, shoe and lip-stick. Brocade and Lime stocks them all! circle skirt dress   Finally, what vintage trend is your favourite? I change my favourite era constantly. I love them all!!! (Discounting the 80s obviously). I love the serious femme fatale allure of the 40s, the fun frothy femininity of the 50s – An era made for dancing! I love the confident colour/pattern that emerged in the fabulous new fabrics of the 60s.

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