1883 Viscountess of Poilloue of Saint-Perier by John Singer Sargent (Musée d'Orsay, Paris)

1883 Viscountess of Poilloue of Saint-Perier by John Singer Sargent (Musée d'Orsay, Paris)

Spots in the background and a flaw in center of the right edge fixed with Photoshop by gogm.

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Necklines could be cut very low in the 1880s as shown in this attention-grabbing 1883 portrait of Viscountess Poilloue by Sargent. The Viscountess also wears a substantial bustle. Fashionera.com has this about the second bustle period, "Suddenly out of nowhere in 1883 a new jutting out shelf like style of bustle appeared. It had been shown in Paris in 1880, but as a fashion took off later outside of Paris. It reappeared even larger than ever as a hard shape that gave women a silhouette like the hind legs of a horse...

The new bustle dress had a different look (from first bustle period bustles - gogm). It had minimal drapery compared to the former and a slimmer more fitted severely tailored princess bodice, with a much flatter front. What drapery there was, was tidily arranged at the front of the dress as a small apron (tablier - gogm). Soon even that disappeared. For support the spring pivoted metal band Langtry bustle gave the correct foundation for the wider skirts."

Keywords:  1883, Sargent, Viscountess, French, curly coiffure, floral headdress, off shoulder vee décolletage, cap sleeves, vee waistline, bustle, under-skirt, ruffles


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