Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Bustle

Date:
1880s
Culture:
European
Medium:
[no medium available]
Credit Line:
Gift of Lee Simonson, 1938
Accession Number:
C.I.38.23.282
Not on view
The bustle, by extending the body, became a point of demarcation for the back of the waist. By enlarging the derriere visually, the bustle became a foil for the constricted waist in profile. Bustles were silk-floss, cotton, or feather down-filled. Small ones could be found sewn into Empire gowns; more prominent ones were used in the 1870s and 1880s and had an ingenious range of configurations and materials, including wire coil, rattan, and horsehair.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Waist Not," March 30, 1994–August 21, 1994.

Related Objects

Corset

Artist: Maison Léoty (French) Date: 1891 Medium: silk Accession: C.I.45.27a, b On view in:Not on view

Bustle

Date: 1870–89 Medium: cotton Accession: 1972.209.48 On view in:Not on view

Bustle

Date: 1880–85 Medium: cotton Accession: C.I.44.110 On view in:Not on view

Bustle

Date: ca. 1883 Medium: cotton, metal Accession: 1985.23.3 On view in:Not on view

Bustle

Date: 1880s Medium: cotton, metal Accession: 1988.356.2 On view in:Not on view