1884 Queen Alexandra wearing a nautically-themed dress

From the LIFE magazine archives.

1884 Queen Alexandra wearing a nautically-themed dress from LIFE

1884 is the year the bustle makes a big comeback, but this 1884 portrait of Alexandra shows she is not wearing such a formidable extension. Perhaps this was an accommodation to cramped passageways aboard ship or mega-bustles are reserved for evenings.

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