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Dresses of the middle phase of the bustle period (cuirass/sheath) were narrow on top with fullness at the bottom.  During the turn of the century these frilly concoctions became known as lingerie or tea dresses. 

 

                                     James Tissot, July 1878.

 

L O N G  &  F R I L L Y

“Our clothes are too much a part of us for most of us ever to be entirely indifferent to their condition: it is as though the fabric were indeed a natural extension of the body, or even the soul".

                                                                                                     Quentin Bell

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