Friday, March 18, 2016

Natural Form Era Dress

From the seller:

Lavish Victorian Teal Blue Bustle Dress, c. 1873

c. 1873 classic bustle gown in lightweight teal blue wool. Natural
form long boned bodice, bodice trimmed with Elizabethan-style tabs
and shell forms in deep blue taffeta. One-inch horn buttons with
wreath motifs, 16 in place, only top button missing. Polished cotton

Lavishly designed skirt features demi-train, deep and fine pleats,
attached overskirt effect.

Good condition. Some color soft fading at ends of bodice, and
demi-train, a few small breakages in wool. No appreciable pit damage;
light moisture stains across waist area are not progressing.
(see close-up photos)

Smallish size, not tiny.
Skirt and bodice waists about 26.”
Shoulders 16” across (dropped shoulders),
Bust 29”,
Skirt length 41” at front.

On the inside right side shoulder area is a small piece of paper tag hand sewn on and written "James" in pencil. (Photo #11)

From Me:

1882 Fashion Plate

Dear Seller, The "Elizabethan-style tabs" are called dagging and were around long before the Elizabethan era - and exist still today. -Me

The fashion plate above is from 1882 - the elongated waistline was common in the Natural Form Era.

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