1950s Kitsch at its Best: The Ultimate Poodle Purses, Skirts, and Dresses

1950s Poodle Purses and Poodle Dresses

If you’re a fan of the swinging 50s, then you’ve got to check out this latest trend – novelty poodle purses and skirts! These classic mid-century pieces are so fun to wear and collect. Whether you’re an avid vintage fashionista or just starting out in the retro style game, poodle skirts and purses are essential items for any wardrobe. Let’s take a closer look at 1950s kitsch at its best with the ultimate poodle skirts and purses and why these kitschy pieces are so popular!

The History Behind Poodle Purses & Skirts

Yasmina Greco with her vintage style 1950s poodle Pinup Dress, vintage 50s poodle purse and 1956 Nash Metropolitan Classic Car

The first poodle skirt was created in 1947 by Juli Lynne Charlot, a designer based in California. She drew inspiration from Parisian couture and used felt appliqués to create her signature designs. The skirts quickly became popular with young women who wanted to express their individuality through fashion. In the 1950s, they were often seen paired with matching blouses or sweaters, as well as novelty poodle purses.

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Today, these iconic pieces remain popular among those who appreciate vintage style and collectibles. With their bright colors and whimsical designs, poodle skirts can make any outfit instantly more fun – perfect for picnics, ice cream parlors, or birthday parties! They also make great conversation starters; after all, how many people can say that they own a piece of history?

Vintage Wicker Beaded Poodle Novelty Purse
Vintage Enid Collins Style Poodle Purse
Vintage Poodle Cigar Box Purse
Vintage Poodle Cigar Box Purse

Pair them with matching accessories such as novelty poodle purses for a complete look that will turn heads wherever you go. Here are some really collectible vintage purses (many from my personal collection and others from Ebay and Worthpoint) that were made back in the 50s in wicker, beads, wood, Lucite, some hand painted and even satin. These Poodle bags were for day or evening. Some popular designers and manufacturers are Enid Collins, Midas of Miami, Leslie of Miami, Lady Core Trade, Claire Fashions, Wilardy, Jolles Original, Walborg, Soure, and Gary Gails.

Poodle boarder print skirt
Poodle boarder print skirt
Yasmina Greco with her vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern spaghetti poodle collection
Vintage 1950s Poodle Dog Salt and Pepper Shakers - Kitschy Cute
Vintage 1950s Long Neck Kitsch Poodle Dog Salt and Pepper Shaker Collection

Also, if you are interested in the vintage 50s fabulous spaghetti poodles, here’s an article you might want to take a look at I wrote all about collecting these kitschy cuties.

Vintage1950s Novelty Poodle Purses
Vintage 1950s Poodle Purses Mid-Century Modern

There is no denying that these adorable pieces are here to stay. Whether you prefer classic poodle boarder print skirts or modern takes on the trend like novelty poodle bags, there is something for everyone! So if you’re looking to add some fun flair to your wardrobe this season, be sure to check out our selection of 1950s era clothing – we guarantee it won’t disappoint! From pinup looks to kitsch vibes – let your inner 50s fashionista shine through!

One of my favorite resources for learning about about vintage poodle collectibles-

Spaghetti Art Ware: Poodles and Other Collectible Ceramics by Emily Chalmers & Ali Hanan

Most photos are from my personal collection of poodle purses, dresses, figurines, and salt and pepper shakers, other photos from Ebay, Etsy, Worhtpoint.