Hoop skirt


Hoop skirt

A hoop skirt or hoopskirt is a women's undergarment worn in various periods to hold the skirt extended into a fashionable shape.

Hoop skirts typically consist of a fabric petticoat with casings to hold a stiffening material, variously rope, osiers, whalebone, steel or nylon. [Arnold, Janet: "Patterns of Fashion: the cut and construction of clothes for men and women 1560-1620", Macmillan 1985.] [Arnold, Janet:"Patterns of Fashion 2: Englishwomen's Dresses and Their Construction C.1860-1940", Wace 1966, Macmillan 1972.]

Lightweight hoop skirts, usually with nylon hoops, are worn today under very full-skirted wedding gowns. They can sometimes be seen in the gothic fashion scene. They are also an essential part of American Civil War reenactment.

ee also

*Farthingale (16th century)
*Panniers (18th century)
*Crinoline (19th century)
*Bustle (19th century)

Notes

References

*Arnold, Janet: "Patterns of Fashion: the cut and construction of clothes for men and women 1560-1620", Macmillan 1985. Revised edition 1986. ISBN 0-89676-083-9
*Arnold, Janet: "Patterns of Fashion 1 (cut and construction of women's clothing, 1660-1860)", Wace 1964, Macmillan 1972. Revised metric edition, Drama Books 1977. ISBN 0-89676-026-X.

*Arnold, Janet:"Patterns of Fashion 2: Englishwomen's Dresses and Their Construction C.1860-1940", Wace 1966, Macmillan 1972. Revised metric edition, Drama Books 1977. ISBN 0-89676-027-8

*Arnold, Janet: "Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd", W S Maney and Son Ltd, Leeds 1988. ISBN 0-901286-20-6


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  • Hoop skirt — Hoop Hoop, n. [OE. hope; akin to D. hoep, hoepel.] 1. A pliant strip of wood or metal bent in a circular form, and united at the ends, for holding together the staves of casks, tubs, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. A ring; a circular band; anything… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hoop skirt — hoop′ skirt n. 1) clo a framework of flexible, usu. horizontal hoops worn under a woman s full skirt to make it stand out 2) clo a full skirt suitable for wearing over this • Etymology: 1855–60, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • hoop skirt — ☆ hoop skirt n. a skirt worn over a framework of hoops that makes the skirt spread out …   English World dictionary

  • hoop skirt — 1. a woman s skirt made to stand out and drape in a stiff bell like shape from the waist by an undergarment framework of flexible hoops connected by tapes. 2. the framework for such a skirt. Also called hoop. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * hoop skirt, 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • hoop skirt — 1. a woman s skirt made to stand out and drape in a stiff bell like shape from the waist by an undergarment framework of flexible hoops connected by tapes. 2. the framework for such a skirt. Also called hoop. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * ▪ clothing… …   Universalium

  • hoop skirt — petticoat that has a rigid hoop in it and causes a skirt to fall in a bell like shape …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hoop-skirt — n. Hoop, farthingale, crinoline, hoop petticoat …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • hoop skirt — /hup ˈskɜt/ (say hoohp skert) noun 1. a woman s skirt, made to stand out from the waist by an undergarment of flexible hoops connected by tapes. 2. the framework for such a skirt …   Australian English dictionary

  • hoop skirt — noun A womens undergarment worn in various historical periods to hold the skirt extended into a fashionable shape, typically consisting of a fabric petticoat with casings to hold a stiffening material, variously rope, osiers, whalebone, steel, or …   Wiktionary

  • Hoop — Hoop, n. [OE. hope; akin to D. hoep, hoepel.] 1. A pliant strip of wood or metal bent in a circular form, and united at the ends, for holding together the staves of casks, tubs, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. A ring; a circular band; anything resembling… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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