I’ve been thinking about panniers lately. Pocket hoops. Hip padding.
For an upper class impression, it looks like a little side hoop action was still en vogue for the 1770s, so I plan to experiment with travel-able (read: small, pack down easily) options.
In the meantime, here are some examples I found:
Articulated side hoops, from Te Met
Also articulated, and very similar to those above. These are from 1750, Musee des Arts Decoratifs. Too early and too wide for my ideas, but very interesting.
From Costumes.org – a drawing showing the articulated hoop designs shown above.
Something like this is more like it. This is a reproduction made by the Costume Design Center at Colonial Williamsburg.
These are from 1760, so still a little early, but quite a small hoop. Found this image through OrnamentedBeing on Tumblr
This example from KCI dates 1775 and is quite small – seems doable.
From the V&A , a wide-ish hoop, but not deep.
I did not include pocket hoops (side “baskets”) in this post, although they are also collapsible and may be the best and easiest way to achieve the shape I would like. There is also this example of straight up padding:
From MFA – hip pads, 18th c.
These seem pretty straight forward, but not very pocket-friendly…or suitcase friendly for that matter, as all that stuffing will take up space.
Experimental side-hoopery is to come throughout the year. I think making several types and seeing which works best for my needs will be a good exercise, so more on this later. 🙂