Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Early Bustles: 1869-1876


Ball Gown via c. 1876

Perfect for a Christmas Ball.
















Side view of the dress.
















Dress

Date: 1870

American

Five years after the American Civil War.



























Dress

Date: 1867-1869



















Afternoon Dress

House of Worth

Date: 1872
















Dress

Date: 1872-1875


















Afternoon Dress

Date: 1874



Date: 1868-1870



Date: 1872



Ball Gown
Date: 1868


When the hoop skirt lost popularity it was replaced by a framework known as the bustle.  The overall shape was full in front and even more fabric to the back.  Most dresses were trained, but walking dresses were just floor length.





Visiting Dress

Date: 1872































The look was basically one of horizontal lines to the trims and necklines.  Overskirts (tunics) became a must, and if one was not worn, one could be simulated with trimmings.  Trimmings galore were added to all but plainest dresses.


Ball Gown

Date: 1875



Afternoon Dress
Date: 1874-1875


In 1870-1871, most bodices ended at the natural waist.  The overskirt (tunic) would then be fitted over the bodice, showing a belt and often a large bow behind.





























That's all for now, guys.

6 Days Til Christmas



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