1870s Women's Fashion
Ensemble | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Wedding Ensemble: 1878, American, silk. "While white is now de rigueur for bridal attire, the fashion for white wedding gowns originated only in the late 19th century and was not commonplace until the 20th century. This dress is a good example of the more practical 19th century practice of brides wearing colored gowns for weddings. The wedding dresses could then be worn again for other receptions and social events. A well-made and finely-detailed example of the period, this dress would have been described as a "cuirass" or "cuirass style" at the time it was made, a term that refers to the form-fitted bodice. A steel-boned corset helped to achieve the ideal figure for the cuirass style in the 1870s and 1880s."
Wedding ensemble | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Distressed Window Setting. 1876
I'm in love with this gown. ate: ca. 1879 Culture: American Medium: [no medium available] Dimensions: [no dimensions available] Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Lyall Dean, Mrs. Borden Helmer, and the Estate of Bliss Reed Crocker, in memory of Mrs. William Reed Thompson and Mrs. Edward Reed Bliss, 1965 Accession Number: C.I.65.22.2a, b
Portrait of Jeanne Samary, 1877 by Renoir
1877 - The full-blown bustle silhouette had its first Victorian appearance in the late 1860s, which started as fullness in skirts moving to the back of the dress. This fullness was drawn up in ties for walking that created a fashionable puff. This trendsetting puff expanded and was then built up with supports from a variety of different things such as horsehair, metal hoops and down. his period was marked by darker colors, asymmetrical drapery.
Dress (Ball Gown) Date: 1876 Culture: French Medium: silk