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Women’s underwear served two purposes in the 18th century. The hoops were also made of linen and stiffened with whalebone or cane. They shaped the petticoat of the gown to the appropriate silhouette. At various times in the 18th century this profile varied from round, to square and flat, to fan-shaped.


Victorian Petticoat Pannier Bustle made for you by Rhonda Griffin. This lovely bustle slip was custom made NEW from a Laughing moon Bustle pattern. This is the shorter version of the lobster cage bustle that adds the astonishing lovely shaping to the bustle dresses and gowns that feature trains. We use heavy weight muslin fabric. The petticoat is formed by 4 tiers of frothy ruffling sewn over the four (4) steel hoop bones that form the cage.

from Mail Online

Blast from the past: Dame Vivienne Westwood takes inspiration from the 17th Century for her latest collection

from Etsy

Two pieces worn together double pannier black ribbon and lacing Crinoline long cage hoop bustle