September 06, 2012


crinoline |ˈkrinl-in|nounhistorical a stiffened or hooped petticoat worn to make a long skirt stand out.
ORIGIN mid 19th cent. (originally in sense2, early crinolines being made of such material): from French, formed irregularly from Latin crinis ‘hair’ linum ‘thread.’
A caricature sequence of posed joke photographs from ca. 1860, showing five stages of putting on a crinoline.

 Vintage magazine shows crinolines:

 Elisabeth of Austria wearing crinoline:
 "Venus" Christian Dior:
Miss America and crinoline:

 Here's how crinoline uses in fashion world today:
Betsey Johnson
 Christian Dior's crinoline dresses and gowns:


Christian Siriano
 Comme des Garcons' ads campaign:
 Christian Dior ads campaign back on 2006:
 Emily Blunt and lovely crinoline gowns:
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