Bustle

Date: ca. 1871

Culture: British

Medium: cotton, metal

Dimensions: Length at CB: 39 in. (99.1 cm)

Credit Line: Purchase: The New York Historical Society (by exchange) and Louise Moore Van Vleck Gift, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.27.4

Description

This 1871 bustle is made of metal wire fully encased in cotton fabric. Of the means employed to force the projecting hoops toward the back of the body, the most common were interior fabric tapes or a panel that lay against the back of the body. This solution was not unlike that used to create eighteenth-century panniers.

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