Day dress, c.1881. Plum silk faille and light brown polished cotton (lining), machine- and hand-stitched, with machine-embroidered eyelet lace, satin ribbon, silk thread-covered wooden (probably) buttons, and wool tape. Connecticut Historical Society$0040/1/title-asc?t:state:flow=15fdc8ad-7e27-40f7-83c4-e6f17d701e55

Walking dress, Paris, ca. 1880-83. Silk velvet, silk satin, machine lace. Three pieces (bodice, skirt, bustle pouf). The complex draping of the overskirt creates the classic bustle silhouette which was hugely popular in the 1880s. This silhouette required an undergarment support provided by metal bustles or thick, voluminous pads filled with horsehair or cotton. This fullness made the waist look smaller. Mint Museum

Dress, Mlle Rouault, 1875. White silk bodice with purple print and lace border. Puffed sleeves edged with ruffled purple silk faille and white lace. Rounded rectangular basque, lined front and back with lace. Purple faille skirt with pleated hem.


Robes en deux parties, France, vers 1885

1883 day dress ensemble: blue/black striped bodice with velvet trim and tails, over a draped bustle skirt. Underneath a bustle pad and petticoat w/ruffles down the back. from:

Robe de bal en soie rayée Victoria et Elizabeth

Le Moniteur De La Mode, 1876. Victorian fashionplate. Undergarments; corsets, combinations, petticoats, bustles.

Au Bonheur des Dames, 1881

Zouave dress ca. early 1860s. Three pieces (bodice, skirt, bolero jacket). Jacket and skirt of light caramel brown silk faille with shirred white tulle trim on sleeves and velvet ribbon and lace motifs. Bodice of white canvas covered in front with brown taffeta; closes front with 11 buttons. Danish National Museum

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