This is a Cabinet Card from 1880 to 1881. I purchased it in Detroit Lakes Minnesota.
I believe this is a good example of the Natural Form
This is the back of the cabinet card.
O.E. Flaten of Moorhead Minnesota was the photographer. He was in Moorhead Minnesota for many years. Beginning with the year 1880 and 1881 and ending in 1928.
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Natural form was not considered bustle. The skirts were sometimes hobbled, in that they were tied closely around the knees. The look was to elongate the body into a willowy and elegant shape. At the time, it was just the next fashion after the bustle period - what we consider the Early Bustle period. The Natural Form look was a rejection of the exaggerated look of the bustle period. At the same time, the Women's Dress Reform movement was also taking place and probably influenced the fashions. The dress reform movement called for less fabric and more practical clothing, although it did not call for getting rid of the corset for some reason. Of course, the high fashion houses in Paris soundly whipped the Natural Form and the dress reform movement into submission with the Late Bustle fashions which were larger, more exaggerated and more decorated than ever! --Norkio