Antique Brown and Cream dolls Dress. dress, 3 pieces with soutache braid and eyelet trim, back bustle. Lovely for a china or papier-mâché doll. 17 ½” from front neck to hem.
This is an American day dress from 1876 that in combination with the previous images, illustrates the basic bustle profile from the early to mid- 1870s. Here you can see the look becoming more refined.
This is a nice example of an early bustle day dress worn for promenading and visiting. Skirt decoration in this period was often achieved by using two separate skirts, with an overskirt being the main source of decoration and the puffing for the bustle
Victorian fashion plate, 1880 - illustration from (unknown) book. Grey cotton day dress with cuirasse bodice and ruched, draped and pleated skirt, sewn to white cotton ground with grey and red frills at hem. Tie back skirts.