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Costume gallery

Mid-19th-century costume

woman with a large bustle

Woman wearing dress with a large bustle

man in daywear wearing a jacket and tie

Man in daywear

man and woman in formal evening attire

Couple in formal evening attire

woman in bustle evening dress

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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