This is a rare example of a transitional design from the bell shape skirt of the Civil War Era to the Early Bustle Era.
This style was only popular for a couple of years as the bustle styles grew more draped and elaborate.
Delightful and flirtatious lavender sprig silk, three piece ensemble with emerald and lavender contrasting trims. An innovative silk textile with multi-colored sprig dots throughout.
A short stayed and lined bodice with crochet button closure along with an additional hook and eye closure on the interior, dropped and self piped armcyes.
The skirt with a slightly flared front extending to a substanial bustle back ends in a glorious two toned ribbon trimmed sawtooth edge on the train.
Amazing frayed box pleat ribbon trim adorn the bell sleeves and the fantastic peplum (this is a separate piece that belts around the waist). The peplum is breathtaking and rare, this piece was often lost over time. Th wonderful condition of this gown must be noted as it is in wearable condition...but never!
1867 Fashion Plate
The 1867 Fashion Plate to the left shows this unique style of bustle as it transitions from the Civil War Era bell shape skirt to the Bustle with more fullness in the back.
This style appeared in the popular fashion publications only for a few years from 1867 to early 1869.
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