A Horrockses novelty print skirt


It’s time for another Horrockses adventure today. This post relates to one of the most fun skirts I have ever had the pleasure of owning. Horrockses are well know for their wonderful dresses, but they did produce separates too, although I find it is rare to see horrockses advertised not as part of an ‘outfit’. The skirt is simple in its shape and was designed by Betty Newmarch. It can be found in the sketchbook of her sketch artist. The book is dated Summer 1956-7.


The skirt as a fabric panel at the Horrockses exhibition.


I have not been able to trace the designer of this print, but it is very exuberant and imaginative, I would not be surprised if it is by the same person who also designed the print for a number of other Horrockses novelty skirts (see pictures).

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What makes me love the skirt more than anything though is the letters which intertwine with the print. Goodness knows if the print designer realised what they were doing but the letters scattered across it are “a” “r” “s” and “e”. Amusing doesn’t cut it…I now call it my arse skirt.

Here is a breakdown of some of the delightful sections of the skirt design.

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And here I am wearing it! I teamed it with an original 1950s yellow jumper and matching demi parure, these pictures are from a few weeks ago mind you- when my foot was still broken! The picture comes from my instagram; do feel free to come and follow me there!

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2 thoughts on “A Horrockses novelty print skirt

  1. ARSE! Love it ; ) just found you through Ebay. Love your site x I also sell vintage clothing and have a little shop in Oswestry, Shropshire x I do have a brown lawn cotton skirt and top by Sambo if you would be interested contact me through Facebook : Linda LaLa Land Vintage Clothing.

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