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Sunday, 6 October 2013


In 1857 Alexander Douglas patented the absurd Victorian female attire, the bustle, which was a  type of framework used to expand the fullness or support the drapery of the back of a woman's dress.

It replaced the crinoline as the vogue accessory designed to support the wearer's skirts in a fashionable shape.

While the bustle was in vogue, the fullness of the skirt was concentrated at the back, the front falling straight.

Queen Victoria had a novelty bustle with a music box that played ‘God Save the Queen’ when she sat down.

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