31 January 2009

How Southern belles used to get dressed

An illustration of "crinoline." Whenever I've read that word, I've always assumed the reference was to the fabric - a stiff fabric "with a weft of horse-hair and a warp of cotton or linen thread." Further reading of the Wiki entry reveals that the "crinoline" can also refer to the steel structure underneath the skirt.

The Wiki entry explains all, and leads to related links for the farthingale (Queen Elizabeth I), the pannier (Marie Antoinette), and the more familiar bustle (your grandmother).

"Crinoline" etymology from a combination of the Latin/French words for horse "crinis/crin" + linen "linum/lin."

(Image credit to e-l-i-s-e. Wikipedia calls the sequence of five photos from which this is taken a "caricature," without further explication.)

1 comment:

  1. The 'steel structure' is called and referred to as a 'hoop skirt' or 'cage'. The cage was made of different material until 1858 when Charles Bessemer invented the 'Bessemer Process' which made it possible to make steel out of iron. Later on it was possible to take it another step and make 'spring-steel', the same material as was and still is used in mechanical clocks.


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