The Bustle Period is named after the dominant silhouette of the time. Bustle refers to the fullness in the back of woman. Different devices were used to create this look of extreme fullness in the back.
TRAINED SILK BROCADE and VELVET BUSTLE DRESS, 1880s. One-piece sapphire blue velvet with collar, cuff and front skirt panel of grey and mauve striped silk with cream floral brocade, trimmed with double blue satin ruffle, pierced buttons with cut steels.