Here’s a great 1970s vintage Maxi Wrap Skirt made under the label, Ellen Tracy and here’s a fact that I found quite interesting. This information was derived from a wonderful resource available to all who are curious about the labels we so often encounter in vintage garments, Vintage Fashion Guild’s Label Resource:
“Ellen Tracy was started in 1949 when Herbert Gallen bought Tranel underwear. He transposed the letters in TRanEL to form ELlen TRacy. The company was mainly a lady’s blouse-maker.
In 1962, recent Kent State School of Art graduate Linda Allard was hired by Gallen, and for her first two years with the company, she cut out shirts.
In 1964 Allard was made chief designer. She soon branched out into other sportswear and separates. In 1984, Allard’s name was added to the label. The line has been known for its understated feminine designs. In 2004 Kent State did a retrospective of Linda Allard’s career. She retired in 2005, and Ellen Tracy is now designed by George Sharp.”
And, after all these years of seeing the Ellen Tracy label, many of us thought she (Ellen) was the lady behind the label and in actuality, it was a man, Herbert Gallen!!! Well, eventually, as you can read from the above VFG Label Resource quote, a lady did come on the scene and she was Linda Allard whose name was added to the more modern labels of the 1980s. Well, you just never know until you do your research and now you do know courtesy of Vintage Fashion Guild!
This particular taffeta plaid maxi wrap skirt is so pretty. The plaid is bold and bright and would look especially nice for a holiday party. The colors in the skirt are Orange, Blue, Black, Yellow and Navy Blue and there’s even an Emerald Green underskirt with a small ruffle at the bottom hemline that shows from under the plaid overskirt. I have seen versions of this skirt listed as a reversible skirt, but I don’t believe I would say that about this skirt as the inner seems on the green underskirt are purely visible. The skirt waistband has a finished slot that the wrap belt goes through to hold it in place and the belt ties at the right side of the skirt opposite of the side that opens. This festive 70s plaid skirt is sure to garner many compliments!
******PLEASE NOTE******* The black velvet top seen in the photos is strictly for display only and is not part of the purchase price given for this item. The top is not included with the purchase of this skirt.
Conditions: Very Good
Fortunately, both issues that I am going to note are overpowered by the beautiful plaid taffeta material of the overskirt. On the bottom of the left side of the skirt on the side that opens for the wrap, there is an area that appears to have had possibly water spilled on the material and there is a mark that can be seen when you look closely. But, as one’s eye will be dazzled by the rest of this wonderful skirt, it’s going to be pretty safe to say that no one is going to notice this area! And, when the outer skirt is lifted and the underskirt ruffle is visible, you can see that the bottom of the ruffle exactly along the line of the hemline of the overskirt has darkened. And, of course, this would never be noticed when the skirt is being worn as you will barely see the bottom of this ruffle and the delineation between the lighter and darker portions of the ruffle cannot be seen. I did try to show both issues in the photos, but was not very successful in my efforts to do so. These are two issues that seem to be somewhat camouflaged in a cool sort of way and for that reason, I think you will be perfectly comfortable wearing this gorgeous vintage Maxi Wrap Skirt. To most onlookers, this skirt would appear to be in great condition.
Ellen Tracy, Dry Clean Only, The Ladies Garment Workers Union Label
By today’s standards, this skirt would most likely be Size 6-8. In other words, Size Small.
Even though this is a wrap skirt and there always seems to be some Leigh way with that style, you must remember that you have to be able to lap the open sides over each other to keep the opening closed.
I have chosen to measure this skirt tied and laid out as it would be worn instead of laid out completely open and flat as I believe those Measurements will be more beneficial to the prospective buyer.
Waist Tied: 30”
Hip Area: 52”
From Top of Waistband to Bottom of Ruffle at Hemline: 40”
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).
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