Elegant and grand period costume

  • beaujangle

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    Sep 05, 2012 11:34 AM GMT
    I must say that I have been very impressed with the female period costume especially the hoop skirt before the civil war.

    Do women still wear them any more, I mean on special occasions?

    Watch this; the picture quality is good

  • beaujangle

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    Sep 05, 2012 11:50 AM GMT
    My fave scene where you'll see many of those grand hoop skirts

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    Sep 05, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
    The tradition of costuming up is alive and well in Europe. Carneval in Venice:



    The Vienna Opera Ball is another formal affair with lots of big skirts. I think it inspired a bunch of school dances at U.S. colleges, too.
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    Sep 05, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    Oh I love Gone with the Wind....
    Hoop skirts are now only worn for Victorian-themed parties, and maybe as a fetish item?
    Can you imagine going to the washroom in one of those?
  • NJVetteGuy77

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    Sep 05, 2012 5:01 PM GMT
    Of course here is another version of that famous dress as worn by Carol Burnett in "Went With the Wind"...

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    Sep 05, 2012 6:24 PM GMT
    I think that you may be confused about the meaning of "elegant." Perhaps you meant "ludicrously ornate."
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    Sep 05, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    As to the OP's question....

    Yes, there are some occasions where the hoop skirt is still worn. There are a few southern cotillions where they are worn.

    Also, the Sons of Confederate Veterans annual convention is highlighted by a ball that is period. The women wear the hoop skirts and the men wear the top hat and tails unless he is an officer and then he wears his Confederate uniform.


    P.S. I actually have a black satin hoop skirt. lol.... a remnant from a halloween about thirty years ago.
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    Sep 06, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    Period piece of a different era and 2006 Academy Award for best costume design, Marie Antoinette. Not the best movie, but a very pretty one.