Foale and Tuffin (Rare) 1960s Black Boiled Wool Maxi Skirt
British fashion label ‘Foale and Tuffin’ was first established in 1961 by Royal College of Art graduates Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin, who having both aspired to running their own businesses without any men, set out to take the style scene by storm.
Discovered by Vogue magazine in 1962, the pair were fortunate enough to feature in a ‘Young Ideas’ piece, while having their dresses photographed by none other than David Bailey himself.
With their first boutique opening off Carnaby Street, London in 1963, customers were able to meet the two women in person, while Foale and Tuffin became key designers for US retail giants JC Penney and enjoyed working for Puritan Fashion Corporation under the ‘Paraphernalia’ label, often engaging in national tours of America and numerous television appearances.
With their last collection released in 1972, Sally now enjoys life as a ceramicist along with her husband Richard Dennis, while Marion operates a knitwear shop in Hinde Street, London.
While reminiscent of their early 1970s styling, this skirt offers a much more feminine look using an abundant boiled wool fabric to produce an enchanting romantic form.
This 1960s piece is essentially an uncomplicated A-line maxi skirt, crafted from a sumptuous boiled wool fabric, making it both a very rare find and an essential addition to a true vintage collector’s wardrobe.
Designer Foale and Tuffin
Fabric No label present however looks and feels like boiled wool
Size Label reads UK 10 but will fit UK 8-10
Excellent (see condition chart)
Imperfections Zip appears to have been replaced with a vintage zip therefore some irregularities to the stitching
Measured flat without stretching (please double for complete size)
Length (collar to hem) 40″
Mannequin is UK 8-10 | Bust 31.5″ | Waist 24″ | Hips 34.5″
The skirt was not pinned for photography purposes