1870 to 1880

In the early 1870s the shoulders were allowed to return to the position nature intended. In 1876-78 the long line cuirass bodice appeared. This reached to the hips in all its molded, whale-boned glory. Day bodices had high necklines and fitted sleeves with pleated or ruffled cuffs at the wrists. The new look for evening was three-quarter length sleeves with a square neckline.

In 1876, although the amount of skirt drapery remained constant (if not even more complex), the bustle foundation disappeared and a very small hoop was worn, primarily to keep the mass of fabric away from the feet.

Fabrics were light in color and weight with favored fabrics being cotton, silk-taffeta and light wool. The problem of fitting outerwear over bustles was solved as three-quarter length cloaks and Dolman mantles (a short capelet with wide sleeves that were quite restrictive) began to make an appearance.

Written by The Vintage Fashion Guild

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1869 - 1870 brown silk moiré & velvet gown - Courtesy of pastperfectvintage.com
1869 - 1870 brown silk moiré & velvet gown
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1872 Morin-Blossier silk faille gown  - Courtesy of vintagetextile.com
1872 Morin-Blossier silk faille gown
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1875 sage green silk gown - Courtesy of antiquedress.com
1875 sage green silk gown
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 1875 sage green silk gown (back view) - Courtesy of antiquedress.com
1875 sage green silk gown (back view)
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1877 olive green wool & silk chenille dress - Courtesy  of pastperfectvintage.com
1877 olive green wool & silk chenille dress
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 1876 brown silk taffeta dress - Courtesy of corsetsandcrinolines.com
1876 brown silk taffeta dress
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