A few months ago I got an email from a woman who had found my article on circle skirts to be of interest. In the late 1940s and into the 1950s, her mother had worn Juli Lynne Charlot ensembles on stage in her role as assistant to her husband, magician Robert Haskell.
This is Madeleine Haskell, and she is wearing one of the many beautiful skirt ensembles that Juli Lynne Charlot made for her. Kit Haskell, Madeleine’s daughter can remember going to the Charlot workshop where the skirts were ordered and made. Some of the skirts had a magic theme, being decorated with cards or with some of Robert’s magic tricks. One was a “Guys and Dolls” theme.
As a four year old child, Kit had a dress that matched the one her mother is wearing above. Her mother’s dress is now in Kit’s closet.
And the others? All safely tucked away in storage. Yes, that is right, Madeleine, now in her late 80s, still owns these – a total of seven skirts. I think they would make a fantastic exhibit, along with the photos of Madeleine wearing them.
All photos copyright Madeleine Haskell