Fraud Blocker Skip to main content

Bustles Collection

"Bustles: A Fashionable Trend of the Late 19th Century" Step back in time to the late 1800s, where women's fashion was characterized by elegance and sophistication

Background imageBustles Collection: Women outdoors 1881

Women outdoors 1881
Two women in walking dresses at the seaside. 1881

Background imageBustles Collection: McAlpin Hotel

McAlpin Hotel
The Herald Square area of Manhattan, including the McAlpin Hotel located at the corner of Broadway and 34th Street, bustles with activity in this print, New York, New York, circa 1914

Background imageBustles Collection: Latest Paris Fashions 1888

Latest Paris Fashions 1888
Three women gossiping outside. 1888

Background imageBustles Collection: Costume June 1886

Costume June 1886
Hand-coloured page of the latest Paris fashion of 1886, dinner dresses with drapped swags and flower arrangements, ball dresses with long gloves and fans and traditional garden party frocks

Background imageBustles Collection: Fetching Water From The Well, c.1770-1959 (print)

Fetching Water From The Well, c.1770-1959 (print)
3673824 Fetching Water From The Well, c.1770-1959 (print) by Firth, Pond & Co. (19th century); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageBustles Collection: 3673643

3673643

Background imageBustles Collection: 3673787

3673787

Background imageBustles Collection: 3673744

3673744

Background imageBustles Collection: 3673647

3673647

Background imageBustles Collection: 3673796

3673796

Background imageBustles Collection: 3673653

3673653

Background imageBustles Collection: 3673644

3673644

Background imageBustles Collection: Amusements for the Sea-side (verso) (Punch, or the London Char... 1873. Creator: Unknown

Amusements for the Sea-side (verso) (Punch, or the London Char... 1873. Creator: Unknown
Amusements for the Sea-side (verso) (Punch, or the London Charivari, September 20, 1873, pp. 113-14), 1873. " Hullo, Charley! Nothing the matter, I hope

Background imageBustles Collection: Biscuit and rose-coloured silk day dress, 1886 (silk)

Biscuit and rose-coloured silk day dress, 1886 (silk)
3100342 Biscuit and rose-coloured silk day dress, 1886 (silk) by Nicholson & Wordley (19th century); (add.info.: From the exhibition A History of Fashion in 100 Objects)

Background imageBustles Collection: Mademoiselle Eugenie, 1877 (pencil on paper)

Mademoiselle Eugenie, 1877 (pencil on paper)
5616746 Mademoiselle Eugenie, 1877 (pencil on paper) by Vasnetsov, Victor Mikhailovich (1848-1926); 29.9 x 22.9 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Russian, out of copyright

Background imageBustles Collection: Mrs. John Dickens - Mother of Charles Dickens (etching)

Mrs. John Dickens - Mother of Charles Dickens (etching)
2563273 Mrs. John Dickens - Mother of Charles Dickens (etching) by Roffe, Edwin (fl.1852-78); 20x13 cm; Free Library of Philadelphia; (add.info.: Elizabeth Barrow Dickens (1789-1863)

Background imageBustles Collection: Paris Spring fashions 1874

Paris Spring fashions 1874
Parisian women wearing the latest fashionable dresses for the races. 1874

Background imageBustles Collection: Advert, Health Braided Wire Bustles

Advert, Health Braided Wire Bustles, October 1888. 1888

Background imageBustles Collection: Advert for International Fur Store 1886

Advert for International Fur Store 1886
Fashionable sketches for the winter season for International Fur Store. Date: 1886

Background imageBustles Collection: Girls afternoon frocks 1886

Girls afternoon frocks 1886
Summer wear for girls outdoor clothing, with box-plaited skirts and smart high collar jackets Date: 1886

Background imageBustles Collection: Outdoor costumes for 1888

Outdoor costumes for 1888
Advertisement for Peter Robinson, department store in London, showing fashionable ladies clothing and petite accessories from mid to late 1880s. Date: circa 1888

Background imageBustles Collection: Advert for Copland & Lye womens dresses 1887

Advert for Copland & Lye womens dresses 1887
Latest styles in Victorian plain bustle dresses for outdoor, dinner and evening, available from Copland & Lye, Caledonian House, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Date: 1887

Background imageBustles Collection: Three women wearing the latest tailor-made outdoor wear frocks Date: 1886

Three women wearing the latest tailor-made outdoor wear frocks Date: 1886

Background imageBustles Collection: Fashions for April 1870

Fashions for April 1870
Entering the spring fashions of the early 1870s, paletots and waistcoats in the place of bodies, especially for dinner and afternoon events. Date: April 1870

Background imageBustles Collection: Fashions for June 1870

Fashions for June 1870
Summer fashions, for outdoor wear, jacket bodies with large pagoda-sleeves. Date: June 1870

Background imageBustles Collection: 'Mice and Men, 'at the Lyric Theatre, 27 January (litho)

"Mice and Men, "at the Lyric Theatre, 27 January (litho)
1629298 " Mice and Men, " at the Lyric Theatre, 27 January (litho) by Cleaver, Ralph (fl.1902); Private Collection; (add.info.: " Mice and Men, " at the Lyric Theatre, 27 January)

Background imageBustles Collection: Study for Mrs Stephen Ralli, c. 1880 (black & white chalk on brown paper)

Study for Mrs Stephen Ralli, c. 1880 (black & white chalk on brown paper)
1631815 Study for Mrs Stephen Ralli, c.1880 (black & white chalk on brown paper) by Leighton, Frederic (1830-96); Leighton House Museum, Kensington & Chelsea, London, UK; eLeighton House; English

Background imageBustles Collection: Croquet on the Lawn at Elm Lodge, Streatley, c. 1870s (b / w photo)

Croquet on the Lawn at Elm Lodge, Streatley, c. 1870s (b / w photo)
495519 Croquet on the Lawn at Elm Lodge, Streatley, c.1870s (b/w photo) by Hooper, Willoughby Wallace (1837-1912); Private Collection; (add.info.: The home of the photographer in Streatley)

Background imageBustles Collection: The Bustle!!!, pub. Thos. McLean, London (hand-coloured engraving)

The Bustle!!!, pub. Thos. McLean, London (hand-coloured engraving)
872456 The Bustle!!!, pub. Thos. McLean, London (hand-coloured engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageBustles Collection: Women in 1760 (chromolitho)

Women in 1760 (chromolitho)
735225 Women in 1760 (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Women in 1760. Liebig card)

Background imageBustles Collection: Three ladies taking part in a pageant of period costurmes

Three ladies taking part in a pageant of period costurmes, they are wearing dresses from the 1870s and 1880s complete with bustles

Background imageBustles Collection: Fashions for New Year 1870

Fashions for New Year 1870
New Year fashion for women. Date: January 1870

Background imageBustles Collection: Fashion for May 1870

Fashion for May 1870
Fashionable women from early 1870. Date: May 1870

Background imageBustles Collection: Fashion for March 1870

Fashion for March 1870
Entering the spring fashions of the early 1870s, four women wearing visiting costumes. Date: March 1870

Background imageBustles Collection: Child Fashions circa 1870

Child Fashions circa 1870
Boy: D-B jacket with cape, knickerbockers, striped socks & heeled boots. Girls: striped polonaise & fringed cape; tunic dresses with dentate hems, bustles & button trim Date: circa 1870

Background imageBustles Collection: Spring fashions 1873

Spring fashions 1873
Selection of fashionable womens dresses for 1873. Date: 1873

Background imageBustles Collection: Hobsons Choice by Harold Brighouse

Hobsons Choice by Harold Brighouse
Promotional postcard for Hobsons Choice by Harold Brighouse. First produced in England at the Apollo Theatre, 22nd June 1916. The story is set in Salford in 1880

Background imageBustles Collection: Advert for Canfields folding bustles 1889

Advert for Canfields folding bustles 1889
Light weight frame bustle that folds. Date: 1889

Background imageBustles Collection: Advert for American Braided Wire bustles 1887

Advert for American Braided Wire bustles 1887
Popular dress improvers, light, flexible, strong, durable and perfect, MYRA pattern braided wire bustle, trade mark on all goods. Date: 1887

Background imageBustles Collection: Advert for International Fur Store 1888

Advert for International Fur Store 1888
Fur-lined coat with bustle, jacket bodice with high round collar. 1888

Background imageBustles Collection: Astrakan Costume 1885

Astrakan Costume 1885
Astrakan d-b jacket bodice, high round collar, skirt & tunic in fabric of vertical stripes, tasselled cord worn at one side. Hat: high crown & stuffed bird. Small muff. Date: 1885

Background imageBustles Collection: Brown or Blue Dress 1882

Brown or Blue Dress 1882
Front buttoning cuirasse bodices with 3/4 length sleeves & tie-back skirts with bustles. The brown dress has an apron front & checkerboard border, the blue has a peplum Date: 1882

Background imageBustles Collection: Advert for Nicholsons womens summer clothing 1886

Advert for Nicholsons womens summer clothing 1886
Woman wearing from Nicholson s, a tennis costume with plain or checked French beiges cassimere cloths or foules with silk laces in bright colours. Date: 1886

Background imageBustles Collection: Womens bustle 1886

Womens bustle 1886
Side view of a woman wearing a plain plaited striped skirt and jacket with a ledged bustle. 1886

Background imageBustles Collection: Costume August 1886

Costume August 1886
Hand-coloured page of the latest Paris fashion of 1886. 1886

Background imageBustles Collection: Womens ball dresses 1886

Womens ball dresses 1886
Elegant dresses to goto to the ball. 1886

Background imageBustles Collection: Advert for Jays womens mantles 1884

Advert for Jays womens mantles 1884
Two women wearing fashionable mantles for winter. 1884

Background imageBustles Collection: Advert for International Fur Store 1882

Advert for International Fur Store 1882
Victorian women wearing full length fur coat covering her bustle. 1882



All Professionally Made to Order for Quick Shipping

"Bustles: A Fashionable Trend of the Late 19th Century" Step back in time to the late 1800s, where women's fashion was characterized by elegance and sophistication. One iconic element that defined this era was the bustle, a unique accessory that transformed silhouettes and added flair to women's outfits. In 1881, at the McAlpin Hotel, fashionable ladies could be seen strolling outdoors adorned with their elaborate bustles. These structured undergarments were designed to enhance the curves of a woman's posterior, creating an exaggerated hourglass figure. The June 1886 edition of Costume magazine showcased various styles of bustles, illustrating how they became an essential part of every fashionable lady's wardrobe. Women eagerly followed these trends as they sought to stay up-to-date with the latest Paris fashions. Photographs from 1888 (ID:3673643) captured women proudly displaying their intricate bustles while posing for portraits. The attention to detail in these designs is remarkable; each one uniquely tailored to complement different dresses and gowns. Browsing through vintage images such as ID:3673787 or ID:3673744 allows us a glimpse into this fascinating period when bustles reigned supreme. These photographs showcase not only the variety in style but also highlight how important it was for women to achieve an ideal silhouette during this time. An illustration from "Amusements for the Sea-side" (verso) published in Punch magazine in 1873 showcases a humorous take on bustle fashion. Created by an unknown artist, it humorously captures society's obsession with achieving exaggerated proportions through these accessories. As we delve into history and explore fashion archives like ID:3673647 or ID:3673796, we can appreciate how influential and pervasive this trend became across social classes during its peak popularity. From high society events to everyday wear, no outfit seemed complete without a well-structured bustle.