Lady Florence Douglas Dixie by Théobald Chartran, from Vanity Fair (January 1884)

Florence Douglas Dixie was a pioneering feminist who believed in unisex clothing. She promoted women's football and argued the monarchy should descend through the first born child. She was a correspondent during the Zulu War and stood up for Zulu King Cetshwayo, who was played by his great grandson in a 1964 movie about a satellite battle of that war, Zulu. Her Wikipedia article is here.

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Lady Florence would have trouble posing this way in a year because of the massive bustles that came in that year. She wears long sheer sleeves that appear to emerge from a vest secured with bows or buttons. Her bodice appears to have the lace collar.

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