"There’s a reason hobble skirts are called hobble skirts, you literally can’t move very far in them. Some of those dresses are originals, some are copies, but when you’re wearing them you can really see why women who lived in that period couldn’t move very fast or do very much. It’s just physically impossible to move at speed in them. But, the costumes are beautiful though. Susannah Buxton [Downton Abbey’s costume designer] 100 per cent deserved that Emmy, she thinks of everything right down to the smallest detail."
Jessica Brown-Findlay on hobble skirts and costume’s worn on Downton Abbey (source: vogue.co.uk via styleatdownton)
This quote ties in nicely with some of the reblog commentary on my Iowa State tap dancing post. Beautiful fashions are not necessarily comfortable or practical.