adjective: old fashioned, out of style, unfashionable [from French, the past participle of démoder "to go out of fashion," from mode "fashion"].

bustle era hairstyles, 1870-1889

bustle era hairstyles, 1870-1889

These pages aim to give a visual overview, year by year, of hairstyles of the bustle era (1870-1889, for the purposes of this project).

The pages are organized into three periods:

useful links


Fashions of the bustle period:


Any book on fashion of the 1870s-1880s that includes photographs, paintings, or fashion plates will be useful to you, but here are some recommendations:

Blum, Stella. Victorian Fashions and Costumes from Harper's Bazar, 1867-1898. New York: Dover Publications, 1975. [Fashion plates. Remember that artists can draw hairstyles that reality can't make!]

Bryer, Robin. The History of Hair: Fashion and Fantasy Down the Ages. London: Philip Wilson; Wappinger Falls, N.Y., 2000.

Cunnington, Cecil Willett. English Women's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Dover, 1990. [Year by year breakdown of English fashions, including hairstyles and hats!]

Doyle, Marian. An Illustrated History of Hairstyles, 1830-1930. Schiffer Publishing: forthcoming June 2003.

Gernsheim, Alison. Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey. New York: Dover, 1981. [Vintage photographs, so you know these hairstyles are possible]

Kliot, Jules & Kaethe, eds. The Techniques of Ladies' Hairdressing of the 19th Century: A Compilation of Original 19th Century Sources by Mark Campbell and Mons. A. Mallemont. Berkeley, CA: Lacis Publications, 1996.

Severa, Joan. Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans & Fashion, 1840-1900. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1995. [More photographs]

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