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65 Vintage Photos of Victorian Women Wearing Crinoline from Between the 1860s and 1880s

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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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Ilana Million (13 days ago)
Several of the first photographs show Empress Elisabeth of Austria.
Greta (28 days ago)
Baby got bustle!
Caro Wells (2 months ago)
Thank God this type of fashion is a thing of the past.
CHICK CHICK (3 months ago)
Those corsets are bear traps for the torso. No wonder their faces look so serious. Their intestines have been paralysed. Pretty dresses, torture devices.
Lawrence C (4 months ago)
The 1800's were interesting in that with each decade the fashions changed dramatically, the silhouettes changed. It's more static now. Basically, women just wear pants and blouses. Sometimes simple skirts and dresses. Nothing has really changed much since the 1970's. Well, there were shoulder pads in the 80's, lol Awful
Hayden Wittig (5 months ago)
Most guys looking at this are thinking I'm in the wrong time period Give me a Girl like that. Sadly you wont.
Mary Contrary (6 months ago)
The dresses are plain, and nothing but large expanses of yardage with very little detail, and hoops (not crinoline) underneath. The outer wear are cloaks--what else could you wear? I think these dresses had seen their time by the 1860s and 1880s. They don't nearly match the glory of dresses 50 years prior; they were expensive to make, and women were generally sick of them. The 1860s-1880s were terrible times for our Country. These womens' faces seem etched in suffering.
anna Last (7 months ago)
BIG BUTT BALL GOWNS. HIDEOUS. WONDER WHY THEY WANTED TO LOOK SO "INFLATED" THANK GOD WOMEN DON'T DRESS LIKE THAT ANYMORE.
Cathy Kristensen (7 months ago)
The bottom of those dresses must get shredded.
Cathy Kristensen (7 months ago)
The bottom of those dresses must get shredded.
Cathy Kristensen (7 months ago)
Thank God we don't dress like that particularly in the summer!😥
Amanda Grayson (7 months ago)
I don't know why, but I immediately thought of the scene in Gone With the Wind when Scarlett used those green drapes to make a dress. These dresses are beautiful to look at.
bob wallace (7 months ago)
These dresses had a hoop system that could be pulled up easily and underneath were worn bloomers that were basically crotch less so running to the rest room was probably easier than today's elephants in skinny jeans.
kate baxter (7 months ago)
My friend insisted on having a crinoline with her wedding gown. It looked great until she had to go to the washroom. First, she tried to put the crinoline sideways to fit in the cubicle didn't work then she had to take it off to go. Then she had to put it in because there is so much material her dress would have dragged on the ground about a foot without it. I know young girls and women look at them and see romance. The practicalities of the dresses never seem to be considered. The reason they always had ruffles on the bottom is that the dresses would pick up mud, dirt etc so the ruffles would have to come off and be washed and then stitched on again (by hand!) Wearing a crinoline is to freeze! The wind gets up the dress and unless you have thermal underwear or ten pairs of petticoats you are shivering all the time. Just think of how you would sit down? You basically have to envelop the chair to sit because if you sat the normal way the crinoline would bounce up and display your nether regions to all and sundry. Not for me. I like long dresses but the crinolines you can keep.
Yaelra R. (7 months ago)
These women are beautiful and their gowns are magnificent.
Sandra Jacob (7 months ago)
Thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs
Lisa Bluefeather (7 months ago)
Amazing dresses....lots of material. Were these dresses worn all day? Couldn't move around very well. ....these women must of had servants to clean and cook.
flatfoot floogie60 (7 months ago)
What gorgeous, beautiful dresses!! And those hateful, tiny little waistlines!! I'll just bet that most women of today could never achieve such a small size, even with a tight corset, thanks to all our fast and overly processed foods!! I fell in love with the crinoline dresses when I first saw Gone With The Wind in my early teens!! I saw several ladies in the beginning of this video who reminded me of Barbara O'Neill's portrayal of Ellen O'Hara, Scarlett's mother!!😍😍😊
TheMichaelJackson160 (7 months ago)
It would be Amazing to know each life, each story from all women showing here

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