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.
Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II (neé Alice Claypoole Gwynne) as costumed for the infamous ball hosted by his brother and sister-in-law Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt, 26 March 1883. It was this ball and the social maneuvering of Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt that earned the family a perpetual place on Mrs. Astor's List of the most elite New York families. Mr. Vanderbilt is dressed as Louis XVI and Mrs. Vanderbilt as "Electric Lights." Her costume is now among the Metropolitan Museum's collection.
John Singer Sargent, 1890 portrait of Cornelius Vanderbilt II (1843–1899) American socialite, heir, & a member of the prominent U.S. Vanderbilt family. He was the favorite grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, who left him 5 million USD, & the son of William Henry "Billy" Vanderbilt who left him close to 70 million USD. In his turn he succeeded them as head of the New York Central & related railroad lines in 1885. At death, leadership passed to William K. Vanderbilt
"Penelope", 1868 ~ by Charles-François Marchal (French, Paris 1825–1877 Paris) -- The Metropolitan Museaum of Art
2 hours 40 minutes Titanic sank in 2 hours and 40 minutes. This section ofthe exhibition spotlights human stories focusing on personal experiences to capture the dramatic final hours. The Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum commemorates the centenary of the loss of the Titanic.