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Paniers were worn during the 18th century, which translates into "basket".  With these "baskets" on their hips a woman had to enter a room sideways.

 

                       Portrait of Queen Sophie-Magdalen

                                     Lorentz Pasch, 1773-1775.

 

I T' S  I N  T H E  H I P S

“The aristocratic stiffness of the old regime in France is completely mirrored in the brocaded gowns of the eighteenth century.”

 

                                                                                                     James Laver,

                                                                           Taste and Fashion, page 250.

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