In 1909, as the Edwardian era came to a close – a strange mode appeared in the form of the hobble skirt – a tubular affair, credited by some to Paul Poiret. The hobble skirt effectively clamped a woman’s knees together and made movement of any kind a difficulty.
This is a more contemporary and less restrictive version of the hobble skirt design. The dress is cut into sections but tightens towards the feet. Paul Poiret's hobble skirt inspired Alberta Ferretti's design here from 2009. Marissa Y. 2/1/17
Evening gown (hobble skirt), made for Ellen von Hallwyl at Au Royal Quartier in Paris, probably in 1915, in the style of Paul Poiret. Blue velvet bodice with black tulle sleeves, embroidered in pink, blue, and white glass beads. Cream-colored silk skirt ending in train, with tassels of white glass beads. Black tulle layer over skirt, similarly embroidered. Hallwyl Museum, Sweden
Evening dress, ca. 1905-15. Black silk voided velvet with large floral and leaf motifs. Low square neckline in front; low V-neckline in back. Neckline outlined with ecru net solidly covered with silver, black, and white beads and rhinestones. Narrow, almost hobble skirt, train. Goldstein Museum, Univ. of Minnesota
LUCILE, LADY DUFF GORDON BEADED and APPLIQUED SILK GOWN, c. 1914. Cream satin having cream and blue chiffon short sleeve bodice with V-neck and back, trimmed in bands of blue satin, silver metallic cord and crystal beaded fringe and colorful silk flowers, blue satin cummerbund, hobble skirt beneath short beaded chiffon overskirt ruched in front to reveal beaded lace and chiffon underskirt and having silk flower swag, chiffon side drape studded with rhinestones. Back
Edwardian satin and chiffon dress with bodice trimmed in bands of blue satin, silver metallic cord and crystal beaded fringe and colorful silk flowers; blue satin cummerbund, hobble skirt beneath short beaded chiffon overskirt ruched in front to reveal beaded lace and chiffon underskirt having silk flower swag and chiffon side drape studded with rhinestones [French], c. 1914