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    Bustle 1873 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Bustle, ca. 1870s. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Evening Dress 1865

    Bustle 1873, Austrian, Made of cotton and horsehair

    Dress, Madame Dellac, American, c 1878, silk. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Bustle 1870s The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Patterned after the 16th C. Italian ladies' underwear which are part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's costume collection (inset photo), our "ladies' braies" are split waist to waist through the crotch. The opening falls together while standing providing full coverage, and the mid-thigh length leg prevents chafing. The split crotch design allows the wearer to use the privy while wearing the braies, eliminating the need to lower and raise undergarments under bulky period gown skirts.

    1873, French, cotton

    c. 1885 The Met says: The bustle silhouette, although primarily...

    Bustle 1875 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Bustle

    Bustle 1880s The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Dress 1881-1884 The Metropolitan Museum of ArT

    Wedding Dress 1870s The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Summer day dress, 1870s, Mode Museum

    Dress, 1859 American silk

    Ballgown ca. 1865. "The straw embroidery on this dress makes it particularly spectacular worn over a crinoline," says Europeana blog about photo (by Christa Losta), from the Vienna Museum.

    Dress With Day & Evening Bodice Charles Frederick Worth 1870s Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Dress, c 1870-1880. Czech. Silk and cotton. Museum of Decorative...

    Dress, 1840s, State Historical Museum, Moscow

    Silk Gown -- 1867-71 -- French -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute