Mr and Mrs Peacock Skirt
The source of this design is a woodcut printed as a wall hanging archived in the Victoria and Albert Museum. This museum is my most favourite place to visit in London, full of fashion, textiles and furniture and so much more. I spent a whole day there last year and wished I could have stayed for the whole week. It was so amazing.
The woodcut that inspired me was created in 1765 – as the French immigrant weavers expanded the Spitalfields silk district that was then just outside London. It became a thriving industry weaving and printing textiles for the rich, landed gentry in England. I think this peacock design sums up well, the Georgian period in history. The upper classes in Europe lived a decadent and exclusive lifestyle before the French Revolution 1789. I have enlarged the section of the woodcut print, close to the male and female birds and retained the evidence of the damaged folded paper where the print was stored. I have then drawn into this image more flowers and decorative curls typical of the Rococo period. The detail and the fine lines make this design difficult to print, but we take great care in the cleaning process every time we use this screen.
Available in colours Red, Grey, Beige, Mustard, Lipstick Pink, Burnt Orange and Moss Green.
This skirt like all the MADCAT skirts, is made of a stretch woven fabric for comfort. The narrow non stretch cotton waistband is secured closed by a hook and eye, hand sewn on by me in each and every skirt. The centre back invisible zip has a fabric fly piece. This is so the zip does not touch your skin as the glue at the base of a zip can be irritating to sensitive skins. I also like that when I am closing the zip it does not snag my underwear. The MADCAT ribbon label is set into the inside of the waistband so that you can use the label as a hook, especially when travelling and there are no coat hangers available in your room.
The yarn content of the skirts is 75%viscose (pine tree wood pulp), 21% nylon and 4% lycra.
Skirt Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm water. Do not mix reds and dark coloured skirts with other washing as the dye is shed dramatically in the first wash. This does not change the colour of the skirt in any way. Skirts can be washed in front loading washing machines on the wool programme. Line dry inside out on sunny days or spin dry and place on a radiator/ heated towel rail. Skirts can be dry cleaned as delicate. Use a cool iron to press. The fabric puffs up when it becomes wet and returns to flat when dry. Do not iron when wet.
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