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History of Fashion 1840 - 1900
Victoria and Albert Museum: Portrait of Ellen Terry; 1886; Aesthetic dress was popular in the 1880s and 1890s, particularly amongst artistic and literary circles. Those who supported it repudiated tight corsetry and cumbersome petticoats in favour of looser, less restrictive clothes. In this photograph, Ellen Terry is not wearing a bustle even though exaggerated bustle pads were worn for most of the 1880s.
Sperry | Bustle | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bustle Manufacturer: Sperry Date: 1875–78 Culture: American Medium: Linen, metal Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Jason Westerfield, 1967 Accession Number: 2009.300.7602