By Deane Barker

Princess Dagmar of Denmark in the 1860s

A hoop skirt. This is the classic dress from the 1800s that billows out from the waist.

Why I Looked It Up

In The Sea We Swim In: How Stories Work in a Data-Driven World:

…[the Civil War] was transmuted after the surrender at Appomattox into the “Lost Cause,” a doomed yet noble campaign to preserve a way of life marked by chivalry and crinolines.

Kind of an odd usage when set against “chivalry.” I thought it was some sort of sociological concept, rather than an article of clothing. I suppose the author was trying to evoke visions of the Antebellum era.


Added on May 28, 2023

In Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln:

Julia Bates was also plain in her dress, “unaffected by the crinolines and other extravagances of the day…”

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