Worn by women on their back and hidden under the petticoat, the bustle is used to give fullness to a dress. Usually made of metal covered with rope and fabric, the bustle and its variations were in use until the early 20th century, when women’s fashion turned to lightness and flexibility. This bustle was worn by Bessie L. Festus at her wedding in 1910. Donation from Catherine Vaudry.
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