Joanna Lumley in Catherine Buckley, The New Avengers 1976


It’s of the greatest frustration to me that nobody has yet bought this beautiful skirt by Catherine Buckley. Made from antique fabrics, patchworked into a maxi skirt, it is a key piece of this designer’s work and a beautiful garment to behold.

I knew she had designed clothes for Joanna Lumley as Purdey in The New Avengers, but it had been so long since I watched the episodes, I didn’t remember many individual outfits. Even so, it was highly unlikely that the super-active Purdey would have been wearing a patchwork maxi skirt. Or so I thought. Seems Ms Buckley designed a split midi version for the episode ‘House of Cards’ which Joanna wears to perfection in an action sequence.

Here are some stills, and here is a link to the skirt. Buckley’s work is rare enough, and these patchwork pieces even rarer.

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One Comment on “Joanna Lumley in Catherine Buckley, The New Avengers 1976”

  1. How exciting! I have admired the skirt for a long time, someone will see sense and snap it up eventually. I'm always surprised by the things that sell quickly, and those that linger. It never goes the way I think it will x


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