/fahr"dhing gayl'/, n.
a hoop skirt or framework for expanding a woman's skirt, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
[1545-55; earlier verdynggale < MF verdugale, alter. of OSp verdugado, equiv. to verdug(o) tree-shoot, rod (verd(e) green ( < L viridis) + -ugo n. suffix) + -ado -ADE1; so called from rod used to extend skirt]

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      underskirt expanded by a series of circular hoops (hoop skirt) that increase in diameter from the waist down to the hem and are sewn into the underskirt to make it rigid. The fashion spread from Spain to the rest of Europe from 1545 onward. The frame could be made of whalebone, wood, or wire. The shape was first domed, coned, or bell-like; later it became more like a tub or drum. The fashion persisted in most European courts until 1620, with variations such as the French farthingale—which descended from a round padded bolster—and the Italian, or wheel, farthingale—which tilted upward at the back.

      All these skirts made possible the wider display of patterned silk, taffeta, fustian, or wool with decoration of embroidery, buttons, or jewels. They allowed freedom of movement in dancing but in exaggerated forms were a nuisance in small houses or carriages. Citizens' wives and countrywomen followed the court fashion in modified form.

      The original Spanish farthingale was dark in colour, but elsewhere the fashion became extravagant and gaudy. The frame reappeared in the hooped and panniered dresses of the 18th century and the crinoline and bustle of Victorian times.

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Universalium. 2010.


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