This ultra-feminine, early bustle gown is made of a mustard yellow silk fabric and adorned with delicate handmade lace.
The full bustle skirt has skirt riser cords to allow for adjustments.
The style of this gown is the earliest bustle seen in fashion. The shape and design of the skirt is a fine example of the transition from the bell skirt to the bustle.
The bodice, with dropped shoulders and a high waistline as seen in earlier Civil War gowns, is another indicator this piece dates during this early bustle transition period.
There is a small inconspicuous watch pocket inserted at the waistline of the bodice.
The skirt risers on this charming ensemble are three cords running up through rings attached to the back of the skirt, they extend out of the skirt just below the waistband and when pulled allow the skirt to rise from a train to a puffy bustle.
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