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Jet-beaded burgundy silk velvet carriage dress (back, with dolman and muff), by Mme. Uoll Gross, American, ca. 1885. This dress was designed to be worn in an open top carriage which, at the time, was a social event and everyone had to dress the part. Part of ensemble with matching dolman coat, small muff, and hat with ostrich feathers and geometric jet decoration.
Walking ensemble Date: 1887–88 Culture: American or European Medium: silk, glass Accession Number: 1978.295.10a–c The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: ca. 1885 Culture: American Medium: silk, synthetic, jet, feather Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 24 in. (61 cm) Length at CB (b): 42 in. (106.7 cm) Length at CF (c): 39 in. (99.1 cm) 6 x 9 in. (15.2 x 22.9 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Edith Gardiner, 1926
Silk Evening Dress, 1885, American, R.H. White & Co. The bustle silhouette, though primarily associated with the 2nd half of the 19th century, originated in earlier fashions as a simple bump, as with late-17th/early-18th century mantuas and late-18th/early-19th century Empire dresses. The full-blown bustle had its first Victorian debut in the late 1860s, starting as a fullness in skirts moving to the rear. This fullness was drawn up in ties to enable walking, which created a fashionable puff.