Miniskirt shift dress, 1960s, by Carlye. This perky little pink cotton blend dress with tucks and lace is typical of the styling of the late ‘60s. The main breakthrough, fashionwise, of the ’60s was of course the miniskirt. From cautious to daring, everyone was wearing the new, short skirt. The curves and sophistication of the 1950s were replaced by these youthful, if shapeless, garments.

The Carlye Dress Corporation was established in 1938 in St. Louis, one of the great junior dress houses in the city that was noted for its junior wear industry. By 1967, Carlye was bought by the clothing manufacturing giant, Leslie Faye and merged into their lines.

Our cute little dress was worn by Frankie Webb of Charleston and purchased by her at Stoll’s Alley dress shop in Charleston, a store for fine women’s clothing for over four decades.

TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection.  Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday