1860 The vast hoop skirts of the mid-19th century were supported by crinolines – steel, cage-like structures worn with a corset and petticoats. The crinoline reached its maximum dimensions in 1860 and then started to shrink to less ludicrous proportions. for women.
World War 2: Underwear and uniform. Advice on suitable underwear for women wearing uniform for the first time. Research for my historical romance Into The Unknown - http://lornapeel.com/into-the-unknown