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.
This is a more contemporary and less restrictive version of the hobble skirt design. The dress is cut into sections but tightens towards the feet. Paul Poiret's hobble skirt inspired Alberta Ferretti's design here from 2009. Marissa Y. 2/1/17
A rare Charles Drecoll purple faille walking suit, circa 1911-14, labelled 'Ch Drecoll, Vienna & Paris', the jacket faced in lilac silk, also with silver braid to the cuffs, weighted rectangular tail to the back with button detailing, buttoned faux pockets to the sides, barrel-shaped ankle-length hobble skirt with broad petersham inner waistband, - 1600 £