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Victorian-style corset
with draped skirt
(Original Design)
taffeta draped bustle gown silk wedding corset with matching draped skirt

A style inspired by fashions of the late 19th Century: tight bodices moulded to the hips, draped skirts with fullness at the back and long trains with decorative trims. Unlike the extremely tight-laced bodices of the time, this version is constructed as a multi-panelled bodice with light boning. It provides a very flattering shape without the discomfort! It might be noted that a well fitted bodice combined with a horizontally draped skirt gives the illusion of an even smaller waist.

The sample gown shown was constructed in a gold silk taffeta. This fabric is available in around 70 different shades. (It also works just as well in silk dupion - over 300 shades to choose from, or duchesse satin.) The draped skirt shown was a beautiful indian silk brocade in peacock blue and gold - many alternatives can be choosen or the entire gown can be made in the same fabric as the bodice.

victorian style silk gown  gold and cobalt blue victorian style wedding dress  with pleated train detail
simplified victorian silk gown  pale gold and blue taffeta and brocade wedding dress

The train reflects the full skirts of the 1880s which would have been worn bunched up and draped over a bustle. It is in a toning colour, but again could be in the same fabric as the bodice and front skirt. It is edged with a contrasting line of piping, lace and pleated organza.

This design can be varied and individualised
to each made-to-measure order.

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