Princess Louise (standing) and her sister Crownprincess Stéphanie of Austria wearing bustle dresses

Posted to The Royal Forums by Marengo on 12 September 2007; sepia tone removed by gogm.

The bodice of Princess Louise's dress screams out for attention by emphasizing the narrow waist with the center panel in this photo. Both Princess Stephanie and Princess Louise are tightlaced with figure-enhancing corsets and wear tight sleeves, but modesty somehow prevails in this almost Times Square torrent of advertising with high necklines. Stephanie's dress appears to have a panel opening below her bust that reaches to the end of her cuirasse. The lack of protruding bustles dates this to the early 1880s.

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