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Image of woman in velvet dress, from top of glove box | c. 1880s (1886?)
La Mode Illustrée, September 1886
Day Dress | 1886 | Met Museum
I’m ending with the late bustle period, because it seems a good quitting place and is a fun juxtaposition with the requested early bustle period of the 1870s. Quite suddenly around 1883, bustles returned with a vengeance - but they were changed from the first bustle styles. These retained the slim, flat hips of the prior natural form period, creating a dramatic “shelf” at the back of a woman’s skirts that remained until the late 1880s, when it disappeared forever.
EXTREME beaded cape | Met Museum | c. 1887
Dress || Met Museum || 1880
Wedding corset, V&A, 1887
After making corsets myself, this level of workmanship and skill blows my mind.
La Mode illustrée. Revue de la Mode. Dec 7, 1884.