I knew this stunning skirt was designer quality the moment I saw, and I'm delighted it gave me the chance to read about its obscure designer, Bess Shlank. Shlank operated a boutique on Wilshire in Beverly Hills from 1931 to 1955. This stunning New Look era skirt is made of a permanently pleated silk rayon blend, lined with an ecru scalloped rayon that is as fine as the exterior. The sweep and movement of the skirt is an insane 500" - that's 13.5 yards, more than was used in the skirt for Dior's Bar Suit. It is designed with no waistband, the outer layer carefully hand stitched where it meets the lining and interior grosgrain. It closes up the back with a sturdy metal zipper. Whether you wear this with a tailored jacket, an evening blouse or more casual style, a peasant blouse shown, it will be an incredibly versatile statement piece in your wardrobe.
Waist: 31" Hips: 45" *hips are limited by lining Length: 37" Sweep of exterior lining: 500" (over 13 yards of material)
Label: Bess Schlank, Beverly Hills Material: Silk, Rayon Condition: Good plus
This skirt is freshly dry cleaned and ready to wear. Some of the pleats are not quite as crisply pressed as others. There is a subtle yellowed line at the right hip from storage. One of the pleats at the center front has a cluster of three small moth chews, but due to the volume of the skirt, you'll never see this unless you spread it out to inspect it. The skirt is made to be stored hung from loops on the interior waistband, so if the skirt doesn't fit snugly, it can turn a bit inside out. Properly fitted, it wears beautifully, as shown in the photos.
Since 2008, FabGabs has been about slow fashion and clothes with a sense of history. We have a bias toward silhouettes from 1935 to 1947, and a penchant for quality clothing with beautiful details, as early as Victorian and as late as the early 1960s. We believe that preserving vintage clothing and offering wearable fashions from past eras is an environmentally responsible approach to personal style.