the origin of the word is debated to be either from the latin words Crinis and Linum (meaning hair and flax respectively) or the french words Crin (horsehair) and lin (meaning linen).
Horsehair and Cotton Crinoline from the 1840's
Whatever the origin of the name; the Crinoline has changed the shape of fashion and the concept of feminine beauty. What seems like a simple and perhaps to some outdated undergarment actually plays a vital role in fashion history.
Over a few posts I will investigate the history of the Crinoline and how it evolved from earlier contraptions worn by women in the quest to create the illusion of the perfect silhouette
The original Crinolines were made from horsehair (weft) and cotton (warp), this fabric was first created around the year 1830 and later this term continued to be applied to any caged or hooped underskirts.
Not dissimilar to the Farthingale which originated in the 1580’s and remained popular in its many forms until the 1650’s (I will write a post on the Farthingale in the near future)
Example of a French Wheel Farthing
after which the Pannier (or the side hoop) followed as the favored skirt shaping undergarment.
An example of The Pannier
Then came the French revolution and the subsequent aversion to all elaborate styles of dressing as these eloborate gowns and heavily constructed silhouette's represented the gulf between the have's and the have not's at the time.
The French wanted to distance themselves from the excess represented by Marie Antoinette and the Aristocrats of the day in order to avoid the bloodthirsty revolutionaries notice.
This change in French atitudes toward fashion changed trends throughout western Europe which in turn led to the demise of the Pannier all over Europe(Parisian fashion being very influential in western fashion at that time).
At this time in Paris simple Grecian and Roman styles were favoured as they reflected the simplicity of dress favoured by the revolutionaries which brought a natural female silhouette back into fashion for the first time in centuries.
Fashionable post revolution dress in Paris
But this simplicity did not last long and around 1810 gores and bustles began to appear which eventually led to the rise of the crinoline.
Often associated with the fashion of the 1950’s due to the reintroduction by the fashion house of Christian Dior (in 1947 the ‘New look” collection featured full skirts and cinched waists) the crinoline then became a permanent fixture of modern fashion. Creating with less pain and effort the hourglass illusion once again.
From Dior's New look collection
Previous to this Poiret’s influence, followed by the shortage of fabric created by the world wars had changed the shape of a ladies silhouette and rendered the crinoline unfashionable. Christian Dior’s reintroduction of the crinoline was very successful and the hour glass silhouette though transformed had made a permanent comeback
Just a quick note to let you know that I am selling this cute little vintage Mod dress on E-bay for minimum bid of AU14.00 or 'buy it now' AUD30.00
Item Number 220456857566
If you win and you message me and mention my blog I will include a little bonus prize.
It's quite small and nicely shaped - all details are on the E-bay listing feel free to ask me any questions and I will answer ASAP. I will accept anything over $14.00 Make sure you refer to the auction for details for details.
After a long Hiatus I am finally back blogging! I've just noticed it has been a few days over a year since I began this blog and I thought I would take the opportunity to say a big thank-you to the readers - I've really enjoyed your company on the blog ride!
We've had some delicious dresses
And delicious men (stricly looking at the leather Kilt lol)
Crazy Wanna be Celebs
Burlesque Dancers from Finland
and much more - So join me for the next 12 months and see what I have in store :)