Ball Gown via c. 1876
Perfect for a Christmas Ball.
Side view of the dress.
Five years after the American Civil War.
House of Worth
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.
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.
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