Fashion plate: A Bridal Costume
Museum no. E.2221-1888
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Fashion plate: A Bridal Costume France 1872 Print Museum no. E.2221-1888 © Victoria & Albert Museum, London Fashion plate: A Bridal Costume, showing two women, one in her wedding dress complete with floral garland in her hair and a long veil, with pleated edging to the many layers of her dress, and large bustle. The other lady is dressed in a dark green dress, also with layered skirt with pleating, tassles and large bustle and a floral bonnet. She is adjusting the cuffs of the bride to be. Behind the bride is a little girl mimicking the bustles of the older women by pushing up the back of her pale blue dress, and looking into the small mirror on the floor. The designers now dictated what was to be worn and the very wealthy would go to them for custom-designed clothes. As more and more fashion magazines were published, the new fashions were seen sooner and by more people who then copied the designs. The advances in textile machinery and, above all, the sewing machine, meant that many more people could have new clothes. Early machining, however, was in chain stitch and unreliable, and fashionable ladies still preferred to have their clothes made by hand.