Thursday, March 14, 2013

1880's Bustle Era Outfit

From the seller:

An alluring 1870 golden beige silk bustle reception dress. The bodice has a center back peplum that is trimmed with rows of pleating. The bodice has a key hole opening that appears to be an alteration that was done during the time period. The bodice is lined with cotton and has a front button closure. The front of the skirt has a draped apron panel and the bottom drape is trimmed with beige silk fringe.. The skirt has a long back sweep. The center is trimmed with cascading pleated ruffles. There are draped panels on each side that are trimmed with beige silk fringe. The skirt is lined with cotton. The dress is in very good and sturdy condition. There is no under arm discoloration and no splits or holes. There is one missing button and an area of soiling on the lower skirt front. This does not show when displayed because the side drape panels covers it. A grand display dress. Bust 33 Waist 24 Front skirt length 39 back length 57.

From Me:

This *shocking* 1880's bustle gown has a peep hole slit in the front of the bodice. During the 1880's this slit would have been used to tuck in her nice jabot and not her bosom. You can see similar styles from 1883 in this fashion plate.

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