What is it?

Written by Geoff Hinder

Victorian Skirt Lifter

The advent of the skirt lifter in 1846 was met with immediate success, this device usually made of brass, appeared as a pair of tongs with a locking mechanism. The skirt lifter had circular padded grips that held a chunk of material of the skirt up, the lifter was then connected to the belt at waist level via a chain or cord. This creation allowed women to be more active in their lives even getting involved in sports like tennis and badminton.







Eventually, crinoline frames were invented that allowed worn skirts to be significantly lighter, these honeycomb-shaped structures supported the topmost layers of the outfit making the need for several layers of petticoats redundant.
Display case at the National Badminton Museum, Milton Keynes.


Photos: – Geoff Hinder                                                         Click on images to enlarge

Visit the  National Badminton Museum, National Badminton Centre, Bradwell Road, Loughton Lodge, MILTON KEYNES MK8 9LA.
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