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Bodice

Bodice

Bodice

Mid 1890s

Silk, trimmed with machine lace

Although this bodice has lost its skirt it has been included on the website to show a number of characteristics of mid 1890s fashionable dress: the asymmetry of its one lapel (though a pair was also common); the full-blown leg of mutton sleeves, based on those of the 1830s, and its silk, self-patterned with oriental flowers on a satin ground. The sleeves have been cut to form a pair of wings on each shoulder, now less evident with time, emphasising their width, and the extension of the back of the bodice is reminiscent of the bustle back of the 1880s.

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