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Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bustle

Date:
ca. 1871
Culture:
British
Medium:
cotton, metal
Credit Line:
Purchase: The New York Historical Society (by exchange) and Louise Moore Van Vleck Gift, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.27.4
Not on view

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.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed," December 4, 2001–March 17, 2002.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "From Queen To Empress: Victorian Dress 1837–1877," December 15, 1988–April 16, 1989.

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