The first real pencil skirt was introduced in 1940 by French designer Christian Dior, who also created the complete opposite look of the wide circle skirt with petticoat. Women all over the world were excited about the tight and sensual shape of this new look; they had become tired of the shapless forms of the 1920's and the economic and social dullness of the 1930's, and the pencil skirt embodied their need for change and extravagance. This need became even stronger after the second world war and by the end of the 40's the pencil skirt was an enormous fashion hit.
At first it was mostly worn as an office outfit with a matching jacket, but eventually it was combined with fitted blouses and soft sweaters, accentuating the female forms with nipped-in waist and curvy hips. The trend was taken over by some of the hottest celebrities of the era such as Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, which is probably the reason why we still associate the sensual pencil skirt with the 1950's.
It stayed in fashion all through the 60's, altough the lenght of the skirt became considerably shorter and became known as 'The mini'. The pencil shape is, like many other styles that were born in the 50's, a timeless piece of feminine fashion beacuse it is a classic silhouette that flatters women in many different shapes and sizes.
It did not surprise us that this year (2012), when we watched the spring and summer collections of the big designers glide over the catwalks, we saw the return of an old friend. Take a guess..... Yes indeed
The Pencil Skirt!
Of course we have a wide range of pencil skirts in our collection, here are some examples:
|Angle Skirt: http://www.fiftiesstore.com/pencil-skirt-angle-p-5712.html|
|Cherry Pencil Skirt: http://www.fiftiesstore.com/pencil-skirt-cherry-p-8173.html|
|Pencil Skirt, Black: http://www.fiftiesstore.com/pencil-skirt-black-p-5225.html|
These, and many more, are available at our store Bennies Fifties in Scheveningen (Holland) or online at www.fiftiesstore.com. Come and have a look, we are available at any time with the largest collection of retro clothing for women and men.