Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1901. During the beginning of her reign skirts were extremely full, before the invention of the crinoline in 1856, a lady would have worn a maximum of six petticoats it was considered essential for decency as well as fashion. By the late 1860s it reached its most extreme width & began to subside. The 'bustle' first appeared around 1870s, with festooning drapery both at the front and back & 1876 saw fullness waning & a more slender silhouette was preferable. A new bustle appeared in 1884, throwing the skirt out horizontally giving the appearance of the hind quarters of a horse. The bustle vanished around 1893 leaving only a pad. Gentlemen's dress was simple in comparison.

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