The waistline's descent in the 1830s to some two or more inches below the bust came in tandem with the greatest grandiloquence of the gigot sleeves and billowing bell-shaped skirt. The elegant dilations favored the illusion of the waist as minuscule in the midst of swelling forms. The belted waist became the sole measure in a massing of bulges and balloons.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Waist Not," March 30, 1994–August 21, 1994.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fashion Plate," October 21, 1971–January 15, 1972.