Hemlines throughout history have ranged from nonexistent (that is, no clothes at all) to trailing 25 feet behind you, but for the most part they went at least to the ankle and often the floor. Starting in the early 20th century, they started ricocheting up and down and up and down again until finally we have arrived at a point where you are free to look good in a skirt of pretty much any length you choose.
Women mentioned include the woman from Huldremose, Jane Austen, Queen Victoria, Sojourner Truth, Mary Quant, Phyllis Dalton, Barbra Streisand, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Rachel McAdams, Marilyn Monroe, and Twiggy.
This episode belongs in Series 1: What’s in the Closet and How Did It Get There?
One of many sources I used for this episode was the DK’s Fashion: The Definitive Visual Guide.
Have other great sources on the rise and fall of your hemline? Feel free to list them in the comments below.