Notice how the stripes in the dress on the right meet at points along the front; this is indicative of the use of separate bolts of fabric sewn together at that spot. Severa, Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900, 1995 By the mid-60s, the skirt began to change shape, becoming flatter and narrower in the front and fuller in the back.
The use of gored fabric allowed for the flat, smooth front seen in the image on the left.
A number of new women's styles made their way into the fashion world during the 1860s.
The decade was particularly marked by a change in the shape of women's skirts, both in the use of gored skirt and in the addition of the oval hoop.
Dress skirts and bodices also received more surface decoration, marking a move into the exuberant Victorian age.
On a different note, reform dress made an appearance.
Both skirts and bodices continued to receive a lot of trim and frill, and the styles remained quite exuberant.Even after the bustle fell out of favor, dresses were still gathered and accentuated in the back.The woman in the image on the left wears a large, high bustle at the back of her dress.A number of women, in rebellion against the male-dictated fashion ethos, discarded their traditional long, tightly corseted dresses and donned shorter, more naturally wasted dresses atop trousers.Nonetheless, the stylish women still remained stylish, and women's attire continued to evolve into the small-waisted, high-bustled, fringed, and ruffled designs that characterize the late 19 century.The woman in the early 1880s image below wears a quite narrow skirt, and one can just make out the gathered material at the back. Severa, Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900, 1995 The women sitting in the images below all appear to have the narrow skirt of the earlly 1880s.