Bustle wedding gown

made from heavy silk brocade

Period: around 1873

This bustle wedding gown was made from a heavy silk brocade interwoven with gold thread and a delicate silk organza.
The skirt consists of an overskirt and an underskirt made of silk brocade, the former gathered upwards with ribbons on the inside. Underneath is a cotton petticoat and the bustle.
The bodice has a tight cut and is reinforced on the inside with bodice stays. The sleeves and neckline are decorated with antique tulle lace.
A corset is indispensable, allowing the dress to be cinched in tightly to create the required slim waist.

The gown was created for an exhibition at Letzlingen Castle on the subject of ‘Fashion in the 19th century’.

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