Girl's Hoop Skirt

Artist/maker unknown, American

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1860s

Cotton-covered spring-steel hoops, cotton tapes, metal fasteners

Waist: 19 1/4 inches (48.9 cm) Circumference: 53 1/2 inches (135.9 cm) Center Back Length: 16 inches (40.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Titi Halle, 1999

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Hoop skirts-graduated hoops of thin but strong and flexible spring steel attached to cloth tapes-are a marvel of nineteenth-century technology. They provided support for the vast feminine skirts of the late 1850s and 1860s but collapsed for storage. As this example shows, hoop skirts were also worn by girls, who dressed like their mothers but with shortened skirts.