This is truly a treasure. A collapsible hoop invented by southern belle mary clayton in decatur, georgia. Traveling with giant hoop skirts to various pageants was difficult, so she invented one that collapses down to just 8 wide to fit into its own carrying case. The hoop is also easily adjustable to fit your body type. The top tier can be moved up or down along the cotton webbing to the most flattering position.
Make the hoop slim at the hips, full from the waist down, create a bustle, or even panniers. Each individually adjustable tier has two leather straps to lock the hoop into a number of positions.The lower tier expands to a maximum circumference of 90. The cotton webbing straps can also be used to lengthen and shorten the hoop to work with skirts of varying lengths. The belle o'the ball collapsible skirt hoop was featured in the june 9, 1952 wedding issue of life magazine, in this march 25, 1948 article from the lexington, north carolina, dispatch, and is in the permanent collection of the metropolitan museum of art. Labels: belle o'the ball - clayton mfg. Atlantafiber/care: plastic, cotton webbing, metal hardware, original instructions say it can be washedmeasurements:skirt adjusts to fit waists 22-32/55.5-81.25cm, maximum length approximately 31/78.5cm, box is approximately 8 wide x 4 high.