This young woman wears the bustle and smaller skirt of the 1870’s – quite a comparison to yesterday’s full, hooped skirts of the Civil War! In addition to the skirt being smaller, so are the sleeves, much more form fitting! This is a lovely example of the decade, the layers of ruffles, extra bits of decoration on every part of the dress! The hat is quite attractive with it’s brim and feathers – and quite different from yesterday’s bonnet with long ties.
Photo by Matthews and Son, The Dalvey Studio, St. John’s Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight.