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Quite similar to the previous extant dress, this is an October 1873 fashion plate from L’Élégance Parisienne
Silk-Trimmed Cotton Dress | ca. 1872 | Victoria & Albert Museum
A 28 year old Alexandra, Princess of Wales, photographed in London with her pet parrot | Jan. 1872
“Leaders of Society,” H.R.H Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck (1877)
Worth Ball Gown | Met | ca. 1872
Depres Day Dress | c. 1873-75 | Met Museum
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.
Walking Suit || Indianapolis Museum of Art || 1870s