|1880 Shippensburg Univ of Fashion|
It's True. I adore the Bustle gown, in all eras. Todays selection is from Shippensburg University of Fashion. They do not have a large collection of vintage gowns, but what they do have is quite exceptional. This is an aubergine silk velvet and silk taffeta ensemble from the 1880's.
What sets this gown apart is the way the designer used the silk velvet. Mandarin collar, revers, bodice inserts, cuffs, and bodice hem trim are all in this amazing aubergine velvet. The split overskirt is velvet, as also what appears to be a ruffle on the foundation skirt. Think about how you can manipulate YOUR basic bustle pattern to incorporate textured and/or contrasting fabrics. Enjoy!