Dating photos womens clothing
By 1880, the skirt was very narrow, and the back of the dress had only slight padding.The woman in the early 1880s image below wears a quite narrow skirt, and one can just make out the gathered material at the back. Severa, Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900, 1995 The women sitting in the images below all appear to have the narrow skirt of the earlly 1880s.The short bodices fit closely and had long, rounded points at the front.The bodice had a high, curvaceous form and a very high-standing collar.This broad-hipped style lasted from 1883 to 1886, and the bustle reached its maximum size in 1886.The women in the four images below all sport rather large bustles.You have used such a variety of methods in dating the featured photos that we thought you’d like to share them in one place and help out those who are new to the ‘craft’.
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Both skirts and bodices continued to receive a lot of trim and frill, and the styles remained quite exuberant.
At the same time, clothes were designed for women to wear in the workplace and to accommodate an increasing interest in outdoor activities for women.
At this time, the overskirt was often pleated into a seam high on one side at the front and draped diagonally across the body to a low set of hip tucks on the sides.
The back was gathered in several low-hanging puffs.