Yellow pleated linen skirt & belt
This 1960's yellow skirt is iconic Sybil Connolly. Her trademark was pleated linen, a labour intensive process, where up to nine yards of fine Irish handkerchief linen was hand pleated resulting in one yard of exquisite fabric. The pleats were set horizontally which gave her dresses and evening skirts a unique look. This particular piece is in a bright yellow and has a matching belt. The skirt has muff pockets for comfort and is floor length. Jackie Kennedy, one of America’s most important style icons, wore a version of this pleated linen skirt for her official White House portrait.
Waist 28" | Hips 36" | Length 45"
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Sybil Connolly studied dress design at Bradley’s dressmaking establishment in London int 1938, where she attended fittings for Queen Mary. She returned to Dublin at the beginning of WWII and joined the Irish fashion house of Richard Alan. She quickly rose through the ranks to become Director at the age of 22. From 1953, she designed her own couture line under her own name, Sybil Connolly for Richard Alan. This was launched at Dunsany Castle and Connolly was the star. She became an overnight success story and well known in Ireland, the USA and later Australia. She left Richard Alan in 1957 and established her own fashion house. She gained much publicity and attention for her unusual adaptations of traditional textiles such as Irish linen, crochet and lace, redesigning them into delicate blouses and dresses.Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Connolly helped popularise hand-woven woolens, tweeds, and mohair as fashion fabrics. She also worked in interior design and gained a huge reputation, writing books on Irish homes and designing crystal and pottery for Tiffany & Co. Jackie Kennedy, one of America’s most important style icons, wore one of Connolly’s pleated linen dresses for her official White House portrait