I don't know whether it's worth a lot, but I am very excited to have discovered this lovely piece hiding its light on the fancy dress rail of a charity shop.
It's a 1970s black wool maxi skirt by Janice Wainwright. I confess I hadn't heard of her when I spotted the skirt, but I knew the fabric was good quality, the hem is properly edged, and the label looked expensive. So I googled the name when I got home and found some information about the designer here, written by Liz at emmapeelpants, so thanks to her.
The skirt was made between 1970 and 1974, since that's when the Forty Seven Poland Street label existed.
How does it look, 40 years later?
Worn with 1970s silver lurex wraparound top (£5, vintage fair), bangle (from lovely Vix), trashy pearls (charity shop, £1), flash of black bra (free and gratis, you are welcome)
Worn with ancient lurex vest, had it for years.
Worn with 1970s lurex cape top (£1.99, I think, Ebay)
This classic early 1970s skirt is obviously demanding to be worn with lurex, and who am I to argue?
Yes, clothes can talk!
Now it's telling me to do a little dance. So I am.
The skirt is in great condition, apart from a few little scuffs on the hem, but there is a down side.
It is soooo long that even at 5'8", I have to wear my killer heels which I struggle to walk in. Though I do love them.
And there's one more thing.
It's too small.
Can't do the damn button up!
Does it matter?
What should I do?
Try Ebaying it? Or wear it, and fashion some sort of loop to hook over the button? Or just leave it as it is, and hope it doesn't fall off at an inopportune moment?
Thanks, Janice. This skirt may not be one of your fancy embellished pieces, but any friend of Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell is Ok with me, and I'm loving your work.