Poodle Skirts: Origin and Influence

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Poodle skirts are quite popular nowadays. And even though they have been associated with the 1950s fashion, poodle skirts are still considered fashionable clothing items. In fact, since the moment when they were first designed till today the influence of poodle skirts in women’s fashion has remained a reality.


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In the 1950s, the poodle skirt has actually been considered a real phenomenon. It started in 1947, when Juli Charlot, a 25 years old girl needed a unique dress for a party she was going to attend in Los Angeles. Juli had no idea how to design a dress, so she cut a big circle of felt with a hole in the middle to fit her waist. She then applied a Christmas tree on it. The skirt, as designed by Juli was an amazing success. In fact, it had become so popular that a week after the party, Juli managed to sell the dress to raise money with the purpose to learn how to sew.


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However, this is not all. As Juli’s fame and the popularity of the dress she worn continued to grow, the demand for skirts also increased. There is no wonder after all that soon enough Juli opened her own factory. She got numerous orders, but soon Juli found that the demand was so high she could no longer deal with it. Luckily for her, Juli received the needed help, at the right time. A New York designer decided to invest in her factory and helped the business take off.


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Various applique designs were used on the skirts, but the poodle remained the most popular. Poodle skirts were commonly worn with flirty petticoats and wide cinch belt. Women of all ages began wearing poodle skirts, which became an option for young girls, but also for their mothers and grand mothers. However, it is important to mention that poodle skirts were designed to be worn by teenagers and naturally girls were the ones who mostly used these designs during the 1950s.


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As the poodle skirt has always been very simple to make, many girls decided to wear home made models. Still, a poodle skirt would only look complete when all accessories are added together. Many teenage girls worn their poodle skirts with letter jackets or sweaters.