This article should give you everything you need to know about the Dirndl. The dirndl as such was built in about 1870, in the region of Bavaria and Austria, and was originally a working dress for the maids. At that time, it consisted of a skirt, a lace corset, a white, deep dekolletierten blouse and a skirt. Popular end of the 1920s was the Dirndl as costume and came by the Revue at the White Horse Inn”by Eric Charell famous and also in the upper class. So were modified Dirndl, which had nothing common with the original costume as folk to make hiking through the Alps. Nowadays, the Dirndl on fairs, carnivals or fairs in southern Germany and in the Alpine area is worn, as also on the famous Munich Oktoberfest. There and just nearby the Dirndl has become to the Bavarian capital almost compulsory clothing at folk festivals and Oktoberfest.
Today the traditional corsets or a lap Camisole with different include a Dirndl generally centrally attached fastening possibilities (laces, hook and eyelet, various button types, lacing or simply zip). There are however also Dirndl where the shutter on the side or even behind attached is what however is not of the tradition. Be worn to a (mostly) white puff sleeves blouse or long with narrow or short sleeves, as well as a further, attached at the waist skirt with one in a contrasting apron. In addition, there are occasionally still a shoulder or a short neck cloth. Usually, a small bag, which is incorporated in the Dirndl skirt hides beneath the apron, sometimes on the side.
The only and traditional jewelry in the Dirndl costume is a Choker (also Shrikes band or Neu Choker”), to which usually a piece of jewelry or trailer is attached. The dirndl from various fabrics and colours can be made according to the occasion on which it is worn. It is usually with many frills and Embroidery decorated and is now also in various materials, such as cotton, linen, silk or even flannel available. A distinction is made between the classic Tracht Dirndl (skirt with apron and traditional patterns) and a country house dress (gray or colored linen, with a leather bodice or trim). Traditionally has the real”Dirndl special features on that one but also the social status of the wearer, can make it out to a region from which the garment originated partly. “So should the loop of the apron is tied to, Dirndl testify about that, whether they bound” is or not: you will find the loop on the left side, the young girl is still up for grabs. the loop on the right side is bound, the Dirndl is awarded (i.e. it has someone who makes you the Court, engaged or married). A loop-bound on the back means that the woman is widowed. Horst Winkler