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June 27, 2017

Crinoline: The Favorite Women Costume From Victorian Era

A crinoline is a stiffened or structured petticoat designed to hold out a woman's skirt, popular at various times since the mid-19th century. Originally, crinoline described a stiff fabric made of horsehair and cotton or linen which was used to make underskirts and as a dress lining.

Crinolines were worn by women of every social standing and class across the Western world, from royalty to factory workers. However ,they were also hazardous if worn without due care. Thousands of women died in the mid-19th century as a result of their hooped skirts catching fire. Alongside fire, other hazards included the hoops being caught in machinery, carriage wheels, gusts of wind, or other obstacles.

These photos show charming women in their crinolines from between the 1860s to 1880s.



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