1970s Mary Farrin Mauve Woollen Skirt and Cardigan Set

A very interesting knitted suit from renowned British designer Mary Farrin in a wonderful combination of mauve and lilac purples and copper and beige tones. Two types of wool acrylic have been used; one a mohair example and the other a silk. The cardigan is an oversized style with drop shoulders featuring an elaborate criss-cross design like a corset. The sleeves are tapered and finish with a ribbed cuff. The buttons which appear on the shoulders to draw in the corset design and fasten the front are dainty clear spheres of good quality plastic designed to look like glass. The doubled layered skirt is gently flared and has an elasticated waist. Several knitting patterns makeup the different areas of the suit and all showcase the talents of the knitter - definitely an above average design. The cardigan and the skirt can be worn separately from each other and are just perfect for cooler days during the summer months or for layering up in the fall/winter - neither is a heavy knit. Both pieces are in excellent vintage condition with no issues and look barely worn.

Mary Farrin was known as the Queen of the knits, even supplying Angora knits to Christian Dior and she opened her first boutique in fashionable South Molton Street, London in the late 60s. Early items were knitted by local women working away on knitting machines in their own homes. With over 40 stockists and exports to the USA, France and Japan, production moved to the Island of Gozo in the early 70s until the label folded in 1990.

Versatile in terms of sizing due to the elasticated waist and the oversized design of the cardigan.

Bust - 50 in. (127 cm)
Waist - 37 in. (94 cm)
Hip - N/A
Length - 26 in. (66 cm)
Shoulders - 18.5 in. (47 cm)

Waist - 32 in. (81.3 cm)
Hip - 42 in. (106.7 cm)
Length - 28 in. (71.1 cm)

Pickup available at CIRCA VINTAGE

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Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

Do you have a price range?

Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

Yes but please do let us know the size of your party in advance.

Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

Can I cancel my appointment?

You are free to cancel but please do give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be invoiced a late cancellation fee of £25.

Where's the showroom?

Our address is Circa Vintage, 87A Lansdowne Way London SW8 2PB

Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

Do you have parking?

We offer free, secure, off-street parking but it is a tight squeeze – so do let us know in advance if you will be needing this and we can make sure that there is space available.

How do I get there by public transport?


Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

Nine Elms (9 min walk) – Northern Line


Wandsworth Road (13 min walk) – Westbound to Clapham Junction / Eastbound to Dalston Junction

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