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Artistic dress had its roots in mid-Victorian England, where Pre-Raphaelite artists, with their love of things medieval, and disdain of industrialized society, revived a version of the loose fitting, relatively plain gowns of that time. This gown is a little more fashionable with its loose corset and a bustle.
8. The bustles war small down or cotton-filled pads that tied on around the waist at the back. Bustles of this time could also be made from wires or metal cages, like the one depicted here that was created in 1885. Bustles were meant to hold out skirts in the back and create back fullness.
Child's Dress. 1885. This is an elaborate evening dress made for a child. It is unusual to see a fully boned and fitted bodice made in this small of a size, possibly for a six to eight year old. It is very possible that the fabric of this dress may have come from a women's dress for a special party.
1885 Children's Dress - white cotton dress with low neck and short sleeves. It has an elaborate apron front of lace and broiderie anglaise fitted back with full skirt, tucked above the hem. Front, back of neck sleeves. and hem finished with broiderie anglaise frill. Narrow lace edging at neck.
Dress Darlington, Runk & Co. (American) Date: 1880–85 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 26 1/2 in. (67.3 cm) Length at CB (b): 41 in. (104.1 cm) Length at CB (c): 38 in. (96.5 cm) Length at CB (d): 66 in. (167.6 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Houghton Trott, 1995 Accession Number: 1995.463.2a–d This artwork is not on display
Girl's Dress, ca 1885. Incorporating the high-style elements and silhouette, this dress is a 'tour de force' of elaborate dressmaking of the 1880s. It was common for children's clothing to have hints of the stylish bustle of the 1880s without the full-blown aspect of the silhouette.