Vintage Dorothy McNab Jamaican Skirt in Cream


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 charming scenes of Island life. The three-dimensional detailing is just unbelievable! The donkey's tail and shock of hair  are made of yarn.   

The model wearing this skirt is a size 4. The ample pleats and 6" hem means that this skirt can be let out or lengthened. Or frame the panels or use each one 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 at Neiman-Marcus. Two of her silk designs 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, cream linen, with cotton applique, yarn, and straw, vintage from the 1950s, made in Jamaica by Dorothy McNab, good condition with some stains on the front panel as shown in photo below, 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.