1970s MARION DONALDSON COTTON PRAIRIE DRESS
Regular price £65.00
Marion Donaldson prairie dress
This is a beautiful and rare vintage designer 1970s prairie dress by Marion Donaldson. It is cotton with a black background and daisy print in shades of red, pink and blue, plus larger flowers pattern on the sleeves and hem. It has puff sleeves with elasticated wrists, zip at back, Empire-line bodice front and double layer skirt part. This is a high quality designer dress in a heavy cotton. Excellent condition.
Label: Marion Donaldson
Bust up to 34in/86cm
Empire line width across the front 15in/38cm (30in/76cm all the way around)
Waist and hips free
Shoulder to shoulder at back 17in/43cm
Width of black band on arm 6in/15cm (12in/30cm all the way around)
Top of shoulder to hem 56in/142cm
Model is UK size 8 and 5ft 4in
About Marion Donaldson via costumesociety.org.uk
In 1966 at her kitchen table, a young Glaswegian started a business that last until 199. Despite having no training in fashion or design, Marion Donaldson was just married and 22 years old, when with £50 capital, she launched her eponymous fashion label. It quickly became popular - early designs for sale at Glasgow boutique, In Gear, sold out so quickly she resorted to sending sketches for the boutique owner to pin to his walls to allow clients to order, while she and her husband, David, cut and stitched frantically to meet demand. Working initially from their flat, Donaldson soon turned the manufacturing over to a factory and focused her time and attention on the Marion Donaldson aesthetic; flamboyant, modern, bright and very swinging. The brand continued to grow at juggernaut rate - by 1970, from an initial £50 capital the Marion Donaldson brand was turning over £300 000, and by 1979 the annual turnover had hit £1million. It closed in 1999 when the couple retired.