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Pocket Hoops are the smallest size of hoop worn in the eighteenth century. They consist of two linen shapes held out with bone or cane and tie about the waist.

Flat Cap, British, Wool, 16th century

Hoops (English term) or panniers (French term): Reconstruction of hoop from the Worthing Museum. A Fan hoop would be long since the skirt worn over it would need support lower down to keep the fan shape.

In the above picture the lady's pockets can be seen peeping out below the hoop. Hoops usually fasten at the side with tie strings and are cut...

18th century corset dating between 1750 and 1775 Metropolitan Museum of Art

Robe volante 1730s: This robe volante is an exceedingly rare example of a well-documented form of dress that marked the transition from the mantua of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries to the robe à la française, the dress style that became ubiquitous in the eighteenth century. The unstructured silhouette of the robe volante, with its unbroken expanses of cloth, made it particularly appropriate for the display of large-scale patterning.

1740s: A perfect example of the robe à la française at mid-century, this hand-painted silk dress displays the opulence, Orientalism, and insatiable baroque excess of the time.....

Side hoop (one of a pair)--MFA