From Hobble skirts to wiggles
The beginning of the pencil skirt dates to 1908 and the first female airplane passenger Edith Berg. When Mrs. Berg was about to board the plane Wilbur and Orville Wright were worried that her long skirt would get caught in the machinery. To avoid this, they tied a cord around the skirt below the knees and after the pictures of the historic event were published the Hobble skirt was born. The new style of the skirt bloomed in popularity with its flared ruffles at below the knee. (For reference think about the tight mermaid style gowns you still see every now and then on red carpets.)
In 1954 the original hobble skirt style worked as an inspiration for Christian Dior’s H-line collection where the first pencil skirts were introduced to the world. The new pencil skirt style enhanced feminine curves and they were worn as a part of suit ensembles and styled with a jacket or tunic. Later, the styling of the skirts went towards even more fitted look with blouses and soft sweaters that accentuated even more the curvy look created by the skirt. Many celebrities embraced this new fashion trend such as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, which made the wiggle skirts on of the it-pieces of the 50’s.