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Printed Muslin Dress | c. 1837 (fabric: 1790-1818) | Bowes Museum
Following the example from the beginning of this decade, here we see the trends I mentioned evolving even more. The clearest change is how they’ve softened! Gone are the large sleeves requiring support of their own, lower and more natural is the waistline. The decoration (and all aspects of dress in general) have relaxed from the slightly outrageous styles of the late 1820s and early 1830s; however, you can see the early ’30s neckline and skirt shape has remained.
Silk Dress | c. 1830 | Met
To start off the brief guide of fashion transformation from the 1830s through the rest of the 19th century, we have a gorgeous example from the beginning of the decade!
In the 1820s, the familiar empire silhouette began to show changes that would lead to this style. Slowly, waistlines began to drop, shoulders and skirts to widen, and hair began to rise!
With the lowering of the fashionable waistline back to the natural waist, the corset as most view it began to evolve. In this period, however, they were mainly stiffened with cording, and later light whalebone. Sleeves were held out with supports and skirts only with petticoats, as seen here.
Silk Dress | Centraal Museum | c. 1837-39
Cotton Bust Bodice | V&A | 1800-1830
Silk dress (British) | ca. 1830 | Met Museum
Cotton calico dress, Tasha Tudor Collection, 1838-40