British History 2:
From the French Revolution to World War II
Topic: "Majesties and Royal Highnesses"

by Laura Cenicola & Mareike Aumann

Glossary: crinolines

Crinolines were originally a stiff fabric, including a bit of horse-hair and a wrap of cotton or linen thread. The first fabric appeared around 1830 but by 1850 the word was used to refer to a stiffened petticoat or rigid skirt-shaped structure of steel designed to support the skirts of a woman's dress into the required shape.

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