Vintage Dorothy McNab Jamaican Skirt in Black


Collection includes: one Dorothy McNab creation

I am captivated by this vintage Dorothy McNab linen skirt from Jamaica. It is hand-appliquéd and embroidered with a Jamaican woman dancing with maracas. The three-dimensional detailing is just unbelievable! The eyelet lace on her petticoat is so pretty!

The model wearing this skirt is a size 4. The ample pleats and 6" hem mean that this skirt can be let out or lengthened. Or frame the panels. Or use each panel as a pillow. Or all of them in a one-of-a-kind bolster. Or keep the circle skirt and use as a tropical Christmas tree skirt.

McNab, originally from Australia, set up a dress-making atelier in Montego Bay in the late 1940s. After Princess Margaret was photographed wearing McNab's designs, her shop became a popular stop for well-heeled tourists. She also sold her designs to Neiman-Marcus. Two of her silk gowns are part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Art Museum. Read more about these skirts on my blog. The backstory is fun!

  • Skirt, black cotton, appliquéd with cotton, embroidery, and lace, vintage from the 1950s, made in Jamaica by Dorothy McNab, very good condition with some gentle wear, with tab closure and zipper 

Please note that shipping costs are included. Also, everything that I sell, and I mean everything, is used, antique, vintage, etc. That means sometimes scratched, dented, and worn. Imperfect. Not dusty, though. Or dirty.