Jun 20, 2008

A Bustle Fiesta, part deux

The fiesta continues. I had to save the 1880s bustles gown for a second post, because my mother told me too many sweet things would ruin my appetite. After the frothy wedding cakes of yesterday's post, I had to cleanse my palate with a day of non-vintage endeavours.

Before I wander off to the mango and peach salsa, I leave you with a few quick pointers for telling 1870s and 1880 big bustles apart.
1870s gowns tend to be lighter in both color and weight of fabric. 1870s gowns are fuller in the skirt all around the body and tend to come in separate skirt and overskirt construction. 1870s sleeves often are just short of full-length and wide wrists finished with a lot of pleating. 1870s is more likely to have contrast sleeves
1880s more often darker and more substantial fabrics and colors, but not a hard ruke by any means. 1880s skirts are a more tubular shape with attached draperies rather than separate overskirt. 1880s bodices are longer waisted and more fitted over the hips. 1880s dresses have a higher day neckline with a stand collar.

These are general tendencies. There are exceptions everywhere. If you engrave this information in granite in your brain tissues, you are being way too rigid. Especially for a fiesta.

Now you are prepared. Go forth and hunt the massive, yet graceful, bustle.

1884 2-piece Brocade and Taffeta Afternoon Bustle Gown at http://www.antiquedress.com/

Early 1880s Green Faille Bustle Gown from www.pastperfectvintage.com

1880s Sage Green Taffeta & Cherry Red Velvet Gown from our archives

ca 1885 Wine Silk Taffeta and Brocade Dress from our archives

Mid 1880s Blue Silk & Gold and Blue Plush Gown from our archives

1888 - 1889 Black Silk Tea Gown from our archives

Charles Frederick Worth silk brocade ball gown plus matching day bodice, c.1885. From the Victorian Gallery at www.vintagetextile.com

1 comment:

Kit Passmore said...

OMG, these are beautiful.