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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Countess Ebba von Eckermann hand-woven skirt ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Does anyone know about this Swedish designer/weaver?
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Subject: Countess Ebba von Eckermann hand-woven skirt-Thrift shopping Date: 4/27/06 2:12 PM

Something about this skirt caught my eye at a thrift store. It was reasonable so I bought it. It appears to be wool (black with off-white plaid lines). The label says:
Designed and Handwoven by COUNTESS EBBA von ECKERMANN; Styled by Topp-Lee
Ripsa Sweden
By appointment to His Majesty the King.
Another label says "Made in Sweden".
Just went into Google and came up with an article referenced in Life (1958) about this countess, "a stylish weaver'! Earlier I came up with a castle in Sweden with the ghost of countess Ebba still walking the halls and that she came here to design something for Lord and Taylor in the '50s!
Would others be continuing to use her name?
Do I dare destroy this skirt and either felt it or do Home Dec? It would not be becoming on this short/fluffy bod! I was thinking of taking it apart and playing with it, but now I am not so sure.
Would it be worth something on Ebay or somewhere else?? It seems to be in quite good condition.
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Date: 4/27/06 9:12 PM

http://www.worcesterphoenix.com/archive/art/98/07/31/DESIGNING_WOMEN.html

From the above website:

"At one point during her career, Booth traveled to Sweden to convince Countess Ebba von Eckermann to design specific skirts and gowns for Lord & Taylor with her colorful handwoven fabrics. Two of Booth's evening dresses from the late '50s show the countess's originality and tasteful flair. In the early '50s, Booth brought Sybil Connolly's handwoven Donegal tweeds from Dublin to Lord & Taylor's Country Clothes Shop. The suit on display, handwoven in subtle gray, white, purple, and green tweed lined with silk crepe, comes from the estate of Mrs. Beatrice Auerbach, who gave Booth her first job in the industry at Hartford's G. Fox."


Another website with information.

http://www.nobel133.physto.se/ConfVenue/History.htm

Her maiden name was Countess Ebba von Hallwyl,

I don't know that I would cut into it or damage it without a lot more study. You may or may not have found a hidden gem.

Marilyn Denman

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Date: 4/28/06 12:22 PM

Thanks for the info. I am looking for more information as my curiosity has been aroused. I won't do anything to it and maybe I will find that it belongs in a fashion museum! I have sent an inquiry to someone in Sweden and will check with some of my Home Ec friends who may have paid more attention to fashion than I did!
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Date: 4/28/06 12:50 PM

B - I would love to see a photo of this skirt!

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Date: 4/28/06 1:16 PM

I never heard of her name but her maiden name von Halwyl is very famous

In Stockholm where are a museum called the von Hallwyl palace, It´s a private home donated to the state I think by the old duchess who collected almost everything and catagorized everything. The home is extremely luxourious, it has electricity in all rooms ( when it was built it was normal to have it in the hall ) The house have central heating but has fake fireplaces in a lot of the rooms.
I recall once I was where asking the guide if there where family still alive and she said so but not under the name von Hallwyl.
The reason why the duchess donated the palace was that she was aware of how rare where way of living was and wanted to show it to the afterworld.
I think she was a very exentric lady. I´ll see if I can find out more

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Date: 4/28/06 2:09 PM

This was fun
First here´s a link to the museum
http://lsh.it-norr.com/

Wilhelmina who was loaded by birth married a count von hallwyl who was from Switzerland They had 4 dauthers and one was named Ebba she was born 1866 and died in 1960 She was the first/ one of the first women to take a university degree in Sweden and she was very engaged in social and women issues. She married at age 20 and got a small chateau as a weddinggift from her grandmother I think.
I could not find anything about weaving but if she was engaged in social work maybe weaving was considered a good work to tech young girls. The place she lived on with her husband is called Södertuna and it is a hotel and conference center today and Ebba haunts the place....
Ebba was into gardening together with the present queen. One of her sisters where famous for her clothes and sence of style.


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Date: 4/28/06 2:49 PM

Ok I´m back
I found that an Ebba von Eckerman was donating paintings to a elderlyhouse in Nyköping, a town in the same part of Sweden as Södertuna
And I checked the phonebook and there are an Ebba von Eckerman listed...And I´m planning on calling her tomorrow
I don´t think the von Hallwyl born Ebba is your designer, I think maybee this lady who might be her grand daughter is...
Ripsa is also a place in the same part of Sweden as Södertuna
Topp-Lee I´ve never heard of but I´ll ask my mother.

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Date: 4/28/06 9:01 PM

Oh, thank you very much Karen!
I have only looked on the internet so far and some of it is in Swedish (I speak early 1900's Norwegian so can make out a bit of it but not so much!) but I learned about the castle that belonged to the Countess.

This website mentioned by Marilyn has some information about American fashion:
http://worcesterphoenix.com/archive/art/98/07/31/DESIGNING_WOMEN.html

Lord and tailor
Jimmie Booth ushered in the new American look
by Leon Nigrosh
DESIGNING WOMEN: AMERICAN STYLE 1940-1960 At the Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut, through February 6, 1999.
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Sorry, Marilyn, I got carried away and forgot you had quoted from this site! Just edited to remove the same quote.

I am wondering if they still sell these hand-woven clothing items in Sweden where an American tourist might have bought it more recently.

Annika,
I will try to photograph this, but have been having some problems sending a picture today, so don't know whether it will work.
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Date: 4/28/06 9:19 PM

The second gown on this page is the bridal/ball gown of this lady, apparently.

Some pretty fancy dresses

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