1880s Visiting Dress
Hand-coloured fashion plate


head upper bodice & sleeve lower bodice, glove & bustle skirt hem


A hand-coloured fashion plate from the possession of my grandmother, source unknown. Only the make-up of the dress gives a hint for dating - mid to late 1880s, the Second Bustle. The scene depicted is of a lady visiting another, discussing an embroidery or lace pattern. While the hostess is seated, legs crossed, in a long-sleeved house gown, the visitor wears a hat, gloves, and a suit with an elborate tunique drapery in three layers.