Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Brooklyn Museum Collection
Not on view
The first bustle phase, from 1869-77, required skirt supports to accomplish the desired silhouette. This particular example of a cage crinoline would simply keep the skirt away from the body and hold its cylindrical shape. A separate bustle would need to be worn to push the skirts up and out over the back of the wearer's skirt.