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Panniers or side hoops are women's undergarments worn in the eighteenth century to extend the width of the skirts at the side while leaving the front and back flat.

At their most extreme, in the French court of Marie Antoinette, panniers could extend the skirt several feet at each side.

The name comes from panniers, a French term for wicker baskets slung on either side of a pack animal.

See also Hoop skirt.

External links

Eighteenth-Century Silhouette and Support at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pannier_%28clothing%29).  1/6/06

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