Walking dress, Mme. Cridon, Paris, 1885. Wool & silk. Bodice has opening in front to reveal underbodice resembling a man’s waistcoat, which is attached to the outer jacket at side seam. Bustle skirt with draped overskirt; steel hoops & tapes in back of underskirt to pull it into shape over bustle pad. Hem reaches top of wearer’s shoes, making it easier to walk in than a trained skirt. Victoria & Albert Museum
Wonderful layering effects and irregularly diagonal ruched details on this French dress, French, ca. Interesting how the front of the 'jacket' looks like it's closed with straps, whereas this is actually a one-piece.
Chocolate brown silk polonaise bodice dips at the sides to drape and form back bustle. Ten crochet ball buttons, embroidered lace cuffs, tan cotton lining. Cream silk twill skirt with tiny brown floral print, square insert in back of sol
Evening dress, Worth, circa Striped dark and light brown silk brocade and velvet. Long bodice with portrait neckline trimmed in brown green satin; off-white lace cuffs. Skirt with brown green satin back panel that extends into a train.