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What Are Crinolines?

We have all seen the photos of the Victorian era women’s outfits with puffy, voluminous and long skirts and dresses. As a part of fashion back then, women would use crinolines - wide steel-hooped cages - underneath their skirts or dresses, to make their outfits look more fashionable. By 1850’s crinolines gained much popularity among women of all classes and ages. Sometimes, the circumference of these cages would reach over 15 feet wide!

However, proven to be extremely uncomfortable and dangerous, they began to lose their popularity in 1870’s and were soon replaced by smaller and safer alternatives.


“Understanding Underwear: The Victorian Crinoline.” Understanding Underwear: The Victorian Crinoline | European Fashion Heritage Association, Fashion Heritage EU, 14 Feb. 2020,,illusion%20of%20a%20tiny%20waist.

By Alina Myakota

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