La Mode Polonaise Dresses, 1872
The early bustle period is characterized by a skirt shape that’s focused backwards, but still remains slightly full at the sides. Decoration and ornamentation has returned - and is prevalent! There are many elements that recall the splendor of the eighteenth century, such as quarter-length frilled sleeves and polonaised skirts.

La Mode Polonaise Dresses, 1872

The early bustle period is characterized by a skirt shape that’s focused backwards, but still remains slightly full at the sides. Decoration and ornamentation has returned - and is prevalent! There are many elements that recall the splendor of the eighteenth century, such as quarter-length frilled sleeves and polonaised skirts.