In 1909, as the Edwardian era came to a close – a strange mode appeared in the form of the hobble skirt – a tubular affair, credited by some to Paul Poiret. The hobble skirt effectively clamped a woman’s knees together and made movement of any kind a difficulty.

Edwardian striped hobble skirtA hobble skirt is a skirt with a narrow enough hem to significantly impede the wearer's stride. A knee-long corset is also used to achieve this effect.

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Minaret tunic- a wide tunic boned to hold out the skirt in a full circle and worn over the narrowest of hobble skirts.Paul Poiret would also design these!

Minaret tunic- a wide tunic boned to hold out the skirt in a full circle and worn over the narrowest of hobble skirts.Paul Poiret would also design these!

Evening gown, Lucile, ca. 1914. Cream satin. Short-sleeved cream and blue chiffon bodice with V-neck and V-back, trimmed with bands of blue satin, silver metallic cord and crystal beaded fringe and silk flowers. Blue satin cummerbund, hobble skirt beneath short beaded chiffon overskirt, ruched in front to reveal beaded lace and chiffon underskirt and having silk flower swag. Chiffon side drape studded with rhinestones. Whitaker Auctions

Short-sleeved cream and blue chiffon bodice with V-neck and V-back, trimmed with bands of blue satin, silver metallic cord and crystal beaded fringe and silk flowers.

Fashionably hobbled skirts, which narrowed at the hem, were inspired by the costumes of Asia, from 1912 to 1914. From The Fashion Book Illustrating Pictorial Review Patterns, winter 1914.

La Belle Époque, meaning “beautiful era”, describes the European fashion period between 1890 and the outbreak of World War I in

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A Lucile model

A Lucile model (Vintage Photography)

yeoldefashion: “ A Lucile model in a brilliantly designed, asymmetrical hobble skirt walking ensemble.

A postcard (circa 1911) depicting a man and a women dressed in the fashion of the era. Woman wears a hobble skirt, man points to her with his thumb. Caption: The Hobble Skirt "What's that? It's the speed-limit skirt!" (Caption makes joke in reference to the fact that such skirts prevented rapid walking.)

HOBBLE SKIRT - a women's skirt that becomes so narrow at the hem that it constrains the women's ability to walk (pictured: a postcard circa 1911 that says "What's that? It's the speed limit skirt!

Polyester Spandex Ruched Pencil Silhouette Ankle Length   *Note* The white pencil skirt is currently out of stock until further notice.

RDevine Casual- High Waist Long Pencil Skirt

Polyester Spandex Ruched Pencil Silhouette Ankle Length *Note* The white pencil skirt is currently out of stock until further notice.

Walking suit, Drécoll, ca. 1911-14. Purple faille. Jacket faced in lilac silk, also with silver braid at cuffs. Weighted rectangular tail at the back with button detailing, faux buttoned pockets at sides. Barrel-shaped, ankle-length hobble skirt with broad petersham inner waistband. Kerry Taylor Auctions

Jacket faced in lilac silk, also with silver braid at cuffs. Weighted rectangular tail at the back with button detailing, faux buttoned pockets.

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