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C R I N O L I N E 

During the crinoline era skirts were large and dome shaped, held out by layers of petticoats or metal hoops.  This sillhouette has been repeated several times since, especially during the late 40's and 50's "New Look".  


                                          The Empress Eugenie

                  Surrounded by her Ladies in Waiting, 

                                 by Franz Winterhalter, 1860.


“Victorian modesty expressed itself in the multiplicity of petticoats.”


                                                                                       James Laver,

                                                             Taste and Fashion, page 250.

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