On this page are dresses from the Early Bustle period 1870-1876.
All the dresses shown are one of a kind and shown for example. Your dress will be custom made from fabrics chosen specifically for your special gown. Please contact me for a quote. Please keep in mind there a many variations that can be made to these dresses.
Polonaise w/ Trained Skirt
The Polonaise has a basque back, the back has an upper section overlapping a lower section with poufs.
The front buttons to the waist and falls open into two points, with pleats at the side. The sleeves are full lenght pleated bell. Thsi style was very popular in the early 1870's. The neckline can be made with square low cut front or button high at the neck.
1870's Ball Gown
The bodice is worn off the shoulders and is styled for evening wear. The waist is extended, pleated basque and a point in front. The bodice closes up the front with your choice of hooks and eyes or buttons. This gown is shown sleeveless but can also be made with small pouf sleeves. Please contact me for a quote.
The skirt is made in the Parisian style. The front has a single swag or can be made with a double. The back is made into a bouffant via strings holding the pouf into place. The back also has a very full train. This skirt is suitable for all evening events and parties.