Iridescent Blue Tissue Taffeta Dress
Gift of Carol Winship
This two-piece dress, with its low drawn-back bustle, is an
example of the complex cutting required in the making of dresses
of this period. Dressmakers in the 1870s were required to cut
very odd-shaped pieces of fabric and schedule fittings with their
customers. Much of the draped effect was impossible to achieve
without the garment actually being on the eventual wearer.
This long bustle preced the "shelf" bustle of 1885.