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Catalog Number 2010.009.041
Object Name Skirt
Description Black Organza bustle skirt . Vertical pin tucking in groups of 8 rows around skirt, waist to hem. Three ruffles on the bottom of the skirt with a heavy fabric at hemline to hold skirt down over bustle support. Skirt belonged to Emma Trulson. In 1900 she would have been 19 and when the bustle went out of style in 1905 she would have been 24 years of age.

1889–1905 The bustle then survived into the 1890s and early 20th century as a skirt support was still needed and the stylish shape dictated a curve in the back of the skirt to balance the curve of the bust in front. The bustle had completely disappeared by 1905, as the long corset of the early 20th century was now successful in shaping the body to protrude behind.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bustle

Caption Emma Haroldson's bustle skirt c 1900-1905
Credit line Donated by Susan Trulson Reed from Agnes Trulson Collection
People TRULSON, Emma HAUGEN
Search Terms clothing
skirt
lady
bustle
1900
1901
1902
1903
1905
1904
Subjects Home Life