Friday, June 1, 2012

Photo Number 893

It is June and here we are looking at a whole month of wedding photographs!  I like the old wedding photos and I buy almost everyone I see.
This is a Cabinet Card from 1880 to 1881.  I purchased it in Detroit Lakes Minnesota.
Flaten Moorhead DL Antiques 2 1880 to 1881
I believe this is a good example of the Natural Form Bustle that had lots of different fabrics and layers but had a straight skirt that hugged the legs. The Natural Form was popular from 1877 to 1882. (Noriko will correct me if I am wrong on the Natural Form) In the early 1880’s it was also popular for men to button just the top button of their jacket.
This is the back of the cabinet card.
Flaten Moorhead DL Antiques back 2 1880 to 1881
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.
Thanks for stopping by, do come again:)
From Noriko:
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

3 comments:

  1. I am so excited to see all of the wedding photos that you have in store for us this month. I did find the gentleman's left cowboy boot very interesting, it looks to me like the boots has been made to have "extra room" for the ankles.

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  2. I wonder if that was a customary pose for that time period. I have a photograph with the couple positioned similarly: the man seated just about the same, the woman standing at his side. Quite a bit of details on her dress!

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  3. 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

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