because of its size, the wearer was often not aware of where its edges were. It was only inconvenient and annoying when a maid's crinoline knocked a vase off a table or upset a cup, but for factory girls, there was the risk of crinolines getting caught in machinery and dragging them to be mutilated or crushed to death. Crinolines also burnt easily, partly because air circulated freely underneath them and partly because the fashionable dress fabrics, silk and cotton, were highly flammable.
The crinoline's decline
The crinoline today
Crinolines are still worn today; however, they are usually part of a very formal outfit, such as an evening gown or a wedding dress. The volume of the skirt required is not as great as at the height of the Victorian craze for crinolines, so modern crinolines are most often constructed of several layers of stiff net, with flounces to extend the skirt. If there is a hoop in the crinoline, it will probably be made of plastic or nylon, which are cheap, light and flexible.
Costume in Detail 1730 - 1930, Nancy Bradfield (ISBN 1858820383)
Handbook of Nineteenth Century Costume, C. Willett Cunnington and Phillis Cunnington (ISBN 0571047033)
Fashion in Underwear, Elizabeth Ewing (ISBN 071340857X)
Victorians Unbuttoned, Sarah Levitt (ISBN 0043910130)
Corsets and Crinolines, Norah Waugh (ISBN 071345699X)
Farthingale (sixteenth century)
Panniers (eighteenth century)
Crinoline (nineteenth century)
Bustle (nineteenth century)
Evening Dress (White Tie)