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.

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.

hobble skirt:  Bound around the knee not unlike a pencil skirt, the hobble skirt required practice to walk in gracefully and created a wiggle in the walk of the wearer.

hobble skirt: Bound around the knee not unlike a pencil skirt, the hobble skirt required practice to walk in gracefully and created a wiggle in the walk of the wearer.

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

Alberta Ferretti at Milan Fashion Week Spring 2009

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 £

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 £

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.

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.

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