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Monday, 16 August 2010

Quite contrary: Curious gardens and bustles




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Bustles are curiously unique fashion features. You don’t see many these days, except at weddings, or occasionally as costumes in Victorian and Edwardian period dramas, or gothic horror films. However, the other day I was driving down the North End Road in London’s Fulham, when I spotted a young woman, with a pushchair, wearing a full length skirt with a large bustle. The immediate thought that came to mind was that she must be a fashion designer, or perhaps this is a curious new trend?





Bustles have appeared on catwalks over the past couple of decades – notably from the likes of Vivienne Westwood – but unless worn for a grand occasion, or by those with a penchant for neo-Victorian Steampunk style, they’ve been seen as little more than an avant garde stylistic diversion. Recently, more mainstream, toned down versions of the bustle have been popular sellers at outlets like All Saints and online, at ASOS.

They’re probably not so great for gardening in, but I wonder if we’ll start seeing the full length, Victorian style bustle skirt walking down the high street soon...

Do you?

8 comments:

worm said...

bustles are great. they would make an excellent place in which to store shoplifted alcohol, bombs, or illegal immigrants.

Susan said...

Trust you to make subversive comments, worm - by the way, did you click on the 'curious new trend' link in this post?

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Hustle & bustle, Susan~
reminded me of Francis ford Coppola's Dracula film!
Have a fab week!
xo

Jan said...

Not sure they'll make a comeback - don't they make one's bum look big?
Just a thought :)

Susan said...

Yes Jan, and bootylicious is in - along with bustles.

Ketutar said...

Bustles come and go. No, they don't make your bum look big, but your skirt behind :-D
They were actually fashionable in early 1990's... and as we are reliving the 80's now, I suppose we'll see bustle back soon. Kristen Stewart has been seen in one already ;-) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1283062/Kristen-Stewart-wears-yellow-mini-skirt-bizarre-bustle.html

janettaylor said...

I die for that last coat! :)

Jill said...

The last thing I need is a bustle! Or maybe a bustle would hide my big buttle!!