Petti-Hoop Metadata

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  • Main Title Petti-Hoop
  • Added Title Hooped Petticoat


  • Manufacturer: Ru-Nell Manufacturing Co. (Yorkville, Georgia)
    Creator Type: Organization
  • Designer: Poole, Ruby
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Donor: Flottman, Ellen
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Creation: 1955/1965


  • No Language


  • Content Description: Petti-hoop of steel hoops within a white cotton petticoat. A modified form of cage crinoline consisting of three graduated steel hoops that open with snaps that fit within horizontal pockets of the full-length petticoat. Petticoat has gathered waist and eyelet lace at hem. Maker's label sewn in: "Petti-hoop / Created by / Ru-Nell / Pat Pend #494517" Size label, "10". The Ru-Nell Manufacturing Co. was founded by Fred Poole in 1935 in Yorkville, Georgia, USA. The company was named after his wife Ruby, and his oldest daughter Nell. Originally producing chenille bedspreads, they began to manufacturing "Petti-hoops" after their daughter Dorothy was unable to find a petticoat/hoop set to wear for a Southern Bell Ball in the 1950's. Ruby Poole designed the first one, and it became so popular that they went into production. Later they were produced as wedding gown underpinnings.


  • University of North Texas Libraries Browse Structure: Social Life and Customs - Clothing
  • Art and Architecture Thesaurus (Getty): Petticoats (Underskirts)
  • Art and Architecture Thesaurus (Getty): Cage Crinolines

Primary Source

  • Item is a Primary Source


  • Start Date: 1955
  • End Date: 1965


  • Name: Texas Fashion Collection
    Code: TXFC


  • Name: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
    Code: UNTCVA


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: by-nc-nd
  • Rights Statement: All Texas Fashion Collection content and images are copyrighted.

Resource Type

  • Physical Object


  • Image


  • Accession or Local Control No: 1983.013.014
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc87029