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T H E  B U S T L E

The Victorian era was not the first time we saw the bustle.  In the late 1700's draped fullness at the back was supported by false rumps.  There were 3 styles during the late 1800's--the full/soft bustle, the cuirass/sheath bustle and the shelf bustle. You can see the evolving sillhouettes in the pictures to the right.  

 

                                                          Dress, 1780.

 

“Why, women dress, of course, for two reasons: for the pleasure of making themselves smart, and for the still greater joy of snuffing out the others.”

 

Charles Frederick Worth to journalist F. Adolphus of Blackwood’s Magazine

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