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Mid-19th-century costumeBustle evening dress

Mid 19th Century costume

Woman wearing dress with a large bustle

Mid 19th Century costume

Man in daywear

Mid 19th Century costume

Couple in formal evening attire

Mid 19th Century costume

Bustle evening dress

For women, corsets and hooped skirts reappeared early in the 19th century. A new invention, called the crinoline, offered women an alternative to stiffened petticoats for holding out their skirts.

Suits continued popular with men, and fine tailoring became important for those in the higher classes.

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