The shape of the dress changed significantly during the 1870s, and the bustle was most distinguishing feature of the new 70s fashion.
This high protuberance at the back of the skirt carried on the 1860s trend toward flat fronts with extra material gathered in the back.
would've been taken in 1884; and Louis Jr., in 1920I think this image was taken to coincide with Louis Sr.'s wedding in 1885.
The woman in the image on the left wears a large, high bustle at the back of her dress.
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The woman's dress in the image on the right is drawn back from the sides.
The front is smooth and narrow, while gathered material falls down the back. Severa, Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900, 1995 Throughout the 1870s, the skirt was significantly narrower and closer fitting than previous decades.