Dress with cuirass bodice

from the Victorian Era

Period: around 1880

A broadly striped silk taffeta was chosen to make this Victorian cuirass dress.

Striped patterns in all widths - even wider than the one used here - were very much in vogue in the fashion of the Victorian period, as they emphasised the cut in an interesting way and created a lively and elegant look without too much decoration.
All parts of the costume were made according to original cuts. As is customary in cuirass fashion, a day and evening top can be worn with the skirt.

The design for the evening dress also dispenses with excessive garnishing. The square neckline, typical of the era, and the cuffs of the three-quarter sleeves are decorated with original late 19th century tulle lace. The evening dress comes with a button-on train.

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