Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1901. During the beginning of the 19th c. 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. 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 diminished around 1890 & by 1893 it had vanished leaving only a pad.

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