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Women’s underwear served two purposes in the 18th century. The hoops were also made of linen and stiffened with whalebone or cane. They shaped the petticoat of the gown to the appropriate silhouette. At various times in the 18th century this profile varied from round, to square and flat, to fan-shaped.

Women’s underwear served two purposes in the century. The hoops were also made of linen and stiffened with whalebone or cane. They shaped the petticoat of the gown to the appropriate silhouette.

Louise, Grand Duchess of Baden (nee Princess Louise of Prussia) By Franz Xaver Winterhalter 1856

Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Baden (nèe HRH Princess Louise of Prussia) Portrait: Louise of Prussia, Grand Duchess of Baden - Joseph Spelter

Lucrezia Borgia with a bottle of poison

"Saint Mary Magdalene" Attributed to Domenico Puligo (Domenico di Bartolomeo degli Ubaldini), Italian (active Florence), born still active 1527 Date: Mid- Medium: Oil on panel Dimensions: 21 x 15 inches x cm) Philadelphia Museum of Art

During WWII, Jews in Budapest were brought to the edge of the Danube, ordered to remove their shoes, and shot, falling into the water below. 60 pairs of iron shoes now line the river's bank, a ghostly memorial to the victims. | 'Shoes on the Danube Promenade' by Can Togay and Gyula Pauer

“Holocaust Memorial on the Danube, Budapest, Hungary”. The shoes on the Danube promenade honors the jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were.