Evening Dress, 1884–86. American or European. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. J. Randall Creel IV, 1963 (C.I.63.23.3a, b) | The bustle, which took hold in the 1870s, was at its most exaggerated extension by 1885. At its extreme, it was almost perpendicular to the small of the back. It was a popular conceit that the cantilevers of these bustles could support an entire tea service. #OneMetManyWorlds
Dress, Evening, back bodice detail. House of Worth (French, 1858–1956). Designer: Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856–1926). Date: 1887–89. Culture: French. Medium: silk. Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm). Length at CB (b): 60 in. (152.4 cm). Credit Line: Gift of Orme Wilson and R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of their mother, Mrs. Caroline Schermerhorn Astor Wilson, 1949. Accession Number:49.3.24a–e.