Wright brothers and the Hobble Skirt

Did you know the Wright brothers were more than just inventors in aviation, they invented fashion as well?

The Hobble Skirt was a rage in the 1910s. It was invented by Wilbur Wright in October of 1908. During his first Wright Flyer demonstrations in Europe, Wilbur took Mrs. Hart Berg as a passenger—the first woman to fly in an airplane. Wilbur is credited with tying a rope around the bottom of her skirt to keep it from blowing up during the flight. After Wilbur and Mrs. Berg landed, she was seen walking slowly away from the plane, to “hobble” around, until the rope was removed. French photographers captured the moment, and the rest is fashion history. So, the Wright brothers were inventors in flight, and inventors in fashion.

We don’t have any hobble skirts in our life-style collections of flight jackets and other memorabilia, but do invite you to check out the life-style fashion in our online store.




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