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Victorian Bustles and the 1880s Silhouette

A necessity for the 1880s Victorian style dress was a well-fitting bustle.

The hidden secret behind the 1880s severely tailored silhouette was the Victorian bustle. The bustle was a device that expanded the fitted gored skirt of the Victorian dress producing a profile straight in the front, hugging the hips, and exploding into a back fullness that was gathered or pleated. An absolute necessity for this Victorian style of dress was a well-fitting tournure or bustle and it soon became an indispensable accessory to a lady’s costume. Read full article >> 

 

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