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Can-Can Skirt

  • TV280
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Product Description

This skirt is the classic Can-Can skirt of the 1890's. Calf length, it is a full circle skirt, with a lining loaded with ruffles. Center back closure. This skirt is suitable for dance hall and saloon wear. The Can-Can was a stage act that originated in Paris in the 1840's, at the more questionable entertainment establishments. It was a dance in which girls would swing up their skirts to show their ankles, petticoats, drawers, and stockings, offering quick glimpses designed to tease the typically male audience. A rare sight indeed, as showing anything above the ankle was taboo. By the 1870's this dance entertainment was gaining popularity at the more respectable establishments as well, and was quickly becoming socially acceptable, though still considered risqué. Needless to say, as this was a seedier stage costume, there is very little source material for the early years. By the 1890's the skirt had taken on the circular shape and layered ruffles on the underside to give a flashy and elegant style to the dance. Historically, the skirt was worn with a regular bodice, high at the back of the neck, low at the bosom, and 3/4 length sleeve. The ruffles on the underside were typically white, to simulate the layers of petticoats. For modern interpretations, the skirt is often worn with a chemise and corset, or a ball gown bodice, and the ruffles are brightly colored. All sizes included in the package.

Sizing and Yardage Chart
  X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large 2XL 3XL
Waist 20-24" 24-26" 28-30" 32-34" 36-38" 40-42" 44-46"
Length 32"
Dress 7 yards
Ruffles: by yardage 10 1/2 yds 10 3/4 yds 11 yds 11 1/2 yds 11 3/4 yds 12 yards 12 1/4 yards
Ruffles: gathered trim 34 1/2 yds 35 1/2 yds 36 1/2 yds 37 1/2 yds 38 1/2 yds 39 1/2 yds 40 1/2 yds
Ruffles: flat trim 52 yds 53 1/2 yds 55 yds 56 1/2 yds 58 yds 59 1/2 yds 61 yds

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