Bustle gown with ball and dinner bodices, by Charles Frederick Worth, circa 1885. Silk brocade, silk satin, and cotton lace. The fabric has stalks of grain and large blossoms, common motifs in Worth's designs. Acquired by the Phoenix Art Museum Collection in 2007 for the exhibit "After Dark: 100 Years of the Evening Dress."

Bustle gown with ball and dinner bodices, by Charles Frederick Worth, circa 1885. Silk brocade, silk satin, and cotton lace. The fabric has stalks of grain and large blossoms, common motifs in Worth's designs. Acquired by the Phoenix Art Museum Collection in 2007 for the exhibit "After Dark: 100 Years of the Evening Dress."

Petticoat for under Mina's Red Bustle Dress in #dracula @Elena Kovyrzina Kovyrzina Kovyrzina Aida McKnight

Petticoat for under Mina's Red Bustle Dress in #dracula @Elena Kovyrzina Kovyrzina Kovyrzina Aida McKnight

This is simply victorian. Beautifully so.  With the right accessories, it COULD become steampunk...or not.

This is simply victorian. Beautifully so. With the right accessories, it COULD become steampunk...or not.

WORTH TRAINED and BEADED SATIN BUSTLE DRESS, 1880s 2-piece sapphire blue silk, boned bodice covered in black tulle studded with beads and sequins. Woven Petersham label. (Bodice restyled: sleeves replaced, velvet trim added, tarnish to sequins, bodice lining torn, wear and repair at hem). Whitaker Auctions.

WORTH TRAINED and BEADED SATIN BUSTLE DRESS, 1880s 2-piece sapphire blue silk, boned bodice covered in black tulle studded with beads and sequins. Woven Petersham label. (Bodice restyled: sleeves replaced, velvet trim added, tarnish to sequins, bodice lining torn, wear and repair at hem). Whitaker Auctions.

Dress, mid-1880s

Dress, mid-1880s

Wedding dress with 3 tiered bustle and floral embroidered bodice

Wedding dress with 3 tiered bustle and floral embroidered bodice

Know your Victorian looks by jamberry-song on deviantART

Know your Victorian looks by jamberry-song on deviantART

Exceptional Reception Bustle Dress, ca. 1878

Exceptional Reception Bustle Dress, ca. 1878

Lot: BROWN STRIPED SILK BUSTLE DRESS, 1870s, Lot Number: 0232, Starting Bid: $100, Auctioneer: Augusta Auctions, Auction: COUTURE, HISTORIC & VINTAGE CLOTHING AUCTION, Date: May 9th, 2017 CDT

Lot: BROWN STRIPED SILK BUSTLE DRESS, 1870s, Lot Number: 0232, Starting Bid: $100, Auctioneer: Augusta Auctions, Auction: COUTURE, HISTORIC & VINTAGE CLOTHING AUCTION, Date: May 9th, 2017 CDT

Now, you've got to admit...this is an absolutely gorgeous profile!  Sometimes I wish we could still wear these fashions today.  But I wouldn't want to have to wear the corsets necessary to achieve this look!

Now, you've got to admit...this is an absolutely gorgeous profile! Sometimes I wish we could still wear these fashions today. But I wouldn't want to have to wear the corsets necessary to achieve this look!

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