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In the 40s and 50s Tucson was a popular destination, with its sunny weather, hospitality and desert beauty. Hollywood glamorized the southwest with wild west movies and tourists flocked to Arizona and other Southwest destinations. Among the fashions that came out of this era were the tiered skirts and dresses  popular for patio parties and fiestas. Along with silver and turquoise jewelry and tooled leather, they were among the souvenirs that visitors took home with them. “Called patio dresses for the inviting outdoor livestyle of Tucson.” these dresses were patterned after Native American and Mexican clothing. Colorful and fun with lots of rick rack they are a great addition to a vintage collection. Read this fascinating article by Sydney Ballesteros for Zocalo- Tucson Magazine for more information about this southwestern style. http://www.thezmag.com/article-615-western-femininity.html This skirt is available at CTMercantile on etsy http://www.etsy.com/listing/94259304/vintage-50s-full-circle-skirt-patio

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