Sunday, September 11, 2011
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|HOBBLE SKIRT ORIGINS IN THE 1880S|
In modern Western fashion history, narrow skirts appeared in the early 1880s, combined with the bustle to give the gown a slimmed down look. This change was in effect for only a few years, the skirts having widened somewhat again in the latter 1880s.
|HOBBLE SKIRT FASHIONS FROM THE EARLY 1910s|
The term 'hobble skirt' came into popular use in the early 1910s, when a European fashion trend started by French designer Paul Poiret introduced long skirts that were narrow at the hem, thus 'hobbling' the wearer. Some attribute one of Poiret's inspiration to Mrs. Hart Berg, the first American woman to join the Wright Brothers in air. To keep her skirts from flying out of control while airborne, she tied a rope around them below the knees (Katherine Wright, sister of the flight innovators the Wright brothers, also did the same shortly afterwards).
|MRS BERG'S FLYING COSTUME|
For a short while, the tighter the skirt, the more fashionable it was. This also brought about accessories such as the hobble garter (you can see one in tbe PBS series The Manor House) designed to limit the wearer's stride so that she would not cause the skirt to rip. This trend died shortly afterwards due to the impracticality of such a garment, particularly with the introduction of cars (the skirts making getting in and out of
one a bit of an adventure).
|PENCIL SKIRTS OF THE MID CENTURY|
Long tight skirts would however surface occasionally throughout the century, such as the pencil skirts seen above. Often during fashion shoots the skirts were pinned behind the model to make them appear as tight as possible. Hobble skirts also emerged as a fetish fashion, as seen in the issues of such 1950s fetish publications
like John Willie's Bizarre and later Exotique.
|MODERN WEDDING GOWNS (courtesy of THEKNOT.COM)|
Today, the hobble skirt is still a popular item among fans of fetish fashion, as well as some of the highly fashionable, thanks to modern designers such as Karl Lagerfield. The modern hobble skirts are generally ankle-length and narrow all the way down, often made from materials such as latex and PVC. The long tight silhouette has also remained a popular one among eveningwear and formal attire, both in straight and mermaid (straight to the knees then flaring out) versions.
What's so special about it? Many people find hobble skirts attractive because they restrict the wearer's steps, making leg movements more deliberate, showing off the wearer's lower body while covering it at the same time, much like the corset does for the upper body.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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Check out Chanel's Fall 2011 haute couture collection. About a third into the show, you'll start seeing quite a few rather stylish outfits featuring slim-fitted skirts, with a flare below the knees. Even the final model wears a bridal outfit with a stride-impeding skirt. Notably, Chanel's current designer is Karl Lagerfield, who is no stranger to the hobble skirt.
Here's an example:
In addition to Chanel's site, you can also see the video via YouTube:
Friday, August 19, 2011
What is particularly great about the ASOS site is that they feature runway videos of all their products, so you can actually see how the garments look on a walking model. I highly recommend checking it out - you'll see why I included the pieces above. You can find several similar skirts and dresses by simply doing a search for "maxi." Also, I want to point out that the link here are to the US site, but ASOS has several other regional variations as well.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
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For most of you that don't speak Russian, the Google Translate plug-in does pretty well.
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Unfortunately time constraints have forced me to shut down the old site. Even if you were a fan, I think you'd agree that spam took over the forum, and I wasn't updating much. But instead of abandoning it altogether, I decided to transition to a blog format. This will allow me to post relevant content quickly (I’ll slowly transition some of the old site to this space), avoid spam, and hopefully encourage occasional contributions from all of you (I encourage you to comment, especially on the open thread posts).
Few of us like change, but I hope you stick around and give it a chance. Please bare with me as I build this out. I started with a minimalist template, but will likely expand it in the future if there is enough of a response. Also, I welcome any suggestions as well.