Pre-Twentieth Century

PRE-TWENTIETH CENTURY AND EARLY
TWENTIETH CENTURY PETTICOATS,
CRINOLINES, HOOPS AND PANNIERS

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Click over to our sister site and peek into the dressing room of an early 19th century woman donning her corset and hoops!                                                                      
A Splendid Spread, satire of the air tube crinoline by Cruikshank in the 1850 Comic Almanack
A simple drawing of a mid-18c hoop. suitable for demonstration purposes. (Though it seems the length is more appropriate for a younger girl).                                                                                    

In 1850s high society, a full skirt was worn over a hoop. A fitted bodice had a high, rounded neckline, long peplum and full “pagoda” sleeves.

Previous to 1856 women wore up to seven petticoats to create the skirt’s fashionable bell shape. In 1856 the “crinoline,” a stiff skirt of horsehair, was invented. It maintained the skirt’s proper shape and was considerably lighter than layers of petticoats.

 

 

 

 

(below) Crinoline factory of yore (from Dave) - CLICK TO ENLARGE


(above left) 1908  (center) c1920  (right) Victoriana


1863

 

1913 Costume hooped dress
- nice hoop lines!

 

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