Thursday, July 23, 2015
From the seller:
A beautiful 1880’s Princess styled changeable silk bustle dress that has been de-accessioned from a major New York City museum. The fabric has a small black floral pattern that is outlined with light apricot on a darker shade of apricot background. The fabric has a strong dark green undertone. There is no discoloration just shadows created by the camera flash against the changeable fabric. The dress is extensively decorated with purple silk tabs. The outer edges of the tabs are decorated with black beading. The front panel on the skirt is ruched. The back of the dress is gathered into a bustle affect and has a long back sweep. The back is also trimmed with a wide band of black lace. The dress is lined with cotton and has a front button closure. The dress is in very good condition. There is a small amount of stress wear to the upper part of the sleeves, the armscyes and near the waist. There is no underarm discoloration. A stunning display dress that is much more beautiful in person. Bust 32 Waist 22 Skirt front length 39 back length 60.
It looks like it's two separate pieces to me which means it's not Princess style - just meant to mimic that style. I believe this is from about 1883 - right as the Natural Form dies and the bustle comes back.