Hoop skirt was called a Farthingale

Introduced circa 1470 in Castile (now in Spain) a Hoop skirt called the farthingale. The skirt was of heavy material with wooden (later whalebone) hoops inserted to give the bell-like shape. It is said that the inventor was Joana, wife of King Henry IV, who was hiding an illegitimate pregnancy (so they say).

Date:
      1470
Name(s):
      Joana, wife of King Henry IV
Occupation:
      Inventor
Location:
      Castile (now in Spain)


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