National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Hoop Hoop
Rendered by Mae Szilvasy (artist), 1935/1942
watercolor and graphite on paperboard
overall: 38.8 x 31 cm (15 1/4 x 12 3/16 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.1238
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From the Tour: Costumes from the Index of American Design
Object 21 of 26

This is an example of a cage-hoop used underneath a skirt to provide fullness at the back of a woman's dress. Dated about 1865, it is made of half circles of reeds or whalebone riveted to bands of heavy linen tape. It is fastened at the waist with a steel buckle.

An important effect of the hoop was the graceful, swinging motion it gave to a woman's skirt as she walked.

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