Yoke (clothing)

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Man's Western shirt showing a shoulder yoke with applied decoration.

A yoke is a shaped pattern piece which forms part of a garment, usually fitting around the neck and shoulders, or around the hips to provide support for looser parts of the garment, such as a gathered skirt or the body of a shirt.[1] Yoke construction was first seen in the 19th century.[2] Bodice yokes were first seen in the 1880s, whilst the yoke skirt, a skirt suspended from a fitted hip yoke, was first seen in 1898.[2]


  1. ^ "Yoke - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary". Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b Cumming, Valerie; C.W. Cunnington; P.E. Cunnington (2010). The Dictionary of Fashion History (revised ed.). Berg. p. 227. ISBN 1847885330.