Quilted Skirt


How to say it:  kwil-tid skurt

Traditional Features: 

Quilted Skirt


  • a skirt that is made from quilted fabric, or has been quilted during construction


…of the style: As I have mentioned in my previous posts on quilted garments (jacket, top and pants – there aren’t many options for garments starting with Q), quilted fabric is produced by stitching one piece of fabric to another, often with padding in the middle, to create thicker, warmer material. Evidence of quilted garments has been found in Ancient Egyptian artifacts that date as far back as 3400 BC, however quilted clothing seemed to come into its own in the Middle Ages.

The quilted skirt began life as a petticoat, worn underneath outer garments to provide warmth in colder weather, from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Women from all levels of society wore them, although not all petticoats were created equal – wealthier women wore versions in fine silks with elaborate quilting patterns and embroidery, while the lower class petticoats were often made from coarse wools with basic, lattice-work quilting.

I could not find much evidence of quilted petticoats in the early 20th century, which is not surprising considering the changes women’s wear went through – flappers, miniskirts, fabric rationing, pencil skirts, petticoats wouldn’t really have worked under any of these styles! However, by the 1950s quilting seems to have made its way to the outside and I found many examples of typical 50s circle skirts made from quilted fabrics.

The quilted skirts remained popular into the 60s and 70s, particularly popular with the Hippies, however the style seemed to slowly fall out of favour towards the end of the 20th century (although it didn’t disappear completely). The quilted skirt is currently undergoing a revival after it popped back into fashion in a big way in 2013 with many designers featuring quilted skirts in various shapes and fabrics, particularly leather, in their Fall collections.

The quilted skirts remain on trend for Fall 2014 and although the popularity does seem to have dropped off a bit since the initial craze in 2013, there are still styles available on every level of the market.

…of the name: The skirt is made from quilted fabric, therefore it is a quilted skirt.

For more info on Quilted Skirts try Rockin’ the Rococo, Reconstructing History or check out the Fairchild’s Dictionary of Fashion

21st Century Quilted Skirts

In the 21st century quilted skirts come in all shapes and sizes, with quilting designs varying from the basic lattice to intricate floral designs, while fabrics ranging from leather, to fun cotton prints, to cosy soft wools.

Balmain Dorothy Perkins

Balmain, Dorothy Perkins

Elizabeth and James Topshop

Elizabeth and James, Topshop

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