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How Did They Wear That?

After looking at the various styles, you may wonder . . .
  • How did anyone sit down while wearing a hoop skirt?
  • How did a woman walk in a bustle dress?
  • Exactly what did go under those dresses to give them such a distinctive shape?

Watch models demonstrate how particular looks were achieved, layer by layer, using modern reproduction undergarments and outfits that represent 1860, 1885, and 1900.

Watch Angie become the “bell” of the ball in a reproduction crinoline-look outfit from around 1860.

Watch Claire bump up her backside in this bustle-look reproduction outfit from around 1885.

Watch Edith layer it on thick in a reproduction lingerie dress from around 1900.