Shooting Hoops

Published:October 10, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

From the February 28, 1938, issue of Life magazine, featuring a story on antebellum parties at Washington and Lee University. The caption to the photograph above reads:

A silk taffeta hoop skirt was worn to the Washington & Lee ball by Mary Ann Davie, a visiting belle from St. Louis. The hoops are of hickory bound by buckram tape. To be completely authentic Miss Davie should have worn pantalets and two or three ruffled petticoats. Her stockings should have been thin lisle instead of silk and her shoes low-heeled. Her authentic neckband is again fashionable.