The complex draping of the overskirt creates the classic bustle silhouette which was hugely popular in the 1880s. This silhouette required an undergarment support provided by metal bustles or thick, voluminous pads filled with horsehair or cotton. This fullness made the waist look smaller.
Place object was created: Paris, France
silk velvet, silk satin, machine laceMuseum Purchase: Auxiliary Costume Fund 2010.37a-c
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