Wednesday, June 15, 2016

25 Timeless Skirted Dressing Tables

Lately I have been obsessing over dressing tables... the ultimate in feminine elegance, glamour, and indulgence. I particularly love skirted dressing tables, and the more ruffles the better! According to the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, the vanity as we know it today began to develop in the late 17th century in Europe. It was not until the early part of the 20th century, during the Art Deco period in both Europe and America, that luxurious dressing tables came to epitomize the modern concept of glamour and luxury, thanks to Hollywood films of the 1920s and '30s. Below, I have compiled 25 of my favorite examples....

Mita Corsini Bland for Brunschwig & Fils

Nancy Lancaster via Picture of Elegance

Ralph Lauren

Elizabeth Taylor

Grace Kelly in High Society 

From Grace Kelly to Tory Burch, the skirted dressing table exudes classic and timeless glamour. Which one is your favorite? To read more about other key elements of old school traditional decor, which is making a comeback, click here


  1. Great post! For a few years, I have been selling dressing table accoutrements in my shop on Ruby Lane, called Tres Charmante. Here is a YouTube video of my dressing table - My favourite dressing table moment is in the movie Rebecca, when Mrs. Danvers is showing Rebecca's dressing table to the new Mrs. de Winter. Dressing tables are a daily pampering tool, particularly feminine, and not shared with any other person than the owner. For that reason, I think that every woman should have one, because it is not in the bathroom and shared with the men or children. My second favourite movie scene, from Gone with the Wind: I've had a dressing table since I was about 8 years old, and could never be without one. Il faut avoir...

  2. My grandmother had two vanities in her house. Hers was with out skirt, all wood but with a great mirror. Guest bedroom was in yellow polka-dot organza. The wallpaper was also yellow with a design. These are some very great examples, some I had never seen before. That is saying a lot because I am a magazine,blog reader and decorator book collector junkie. I love your site

  3. Fabulous post! Love skirted vanities! So feminine! Love keeping up with your posts, Jamie Herzlinger

  4. I like the smocked gingham one. And I like the mirror on the Nancy Lancaster picture.


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