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Blue Lady Couture are now pleased to offer this stunning gothic Victorian bustle gown available to be made to your specifications. Perfect for Halloween, Gothic events, theatre, film and re-enactment or even a dark and elegant wedding. This outfit epitomises the elegant second bustle era of the late Victorian age.

The outfit consists of a high necked, fitted jacket in the cuirass style with panel lines which flatter your waist and at the back an elegant peplum flares out over the bustle in a very fashionable 1880s style. The jacket fastens with black, vintage, glass buttons and features beautiful pleated trim and lace detail. The sleeve  has a little pleating into the shoulder which helps with fitting various sizes. The floor length underskirt is flat at the front while pleating and gathering at the side and back allow for the voluminous bustle shape. The hem is trimmed with a beautiful pleated ruffle and heavy venice lace. Over this is worn the elegantly draped bustle which features a swaged apron front.  You can also wear the bodice with just the underskirt for a simpler look.

The pictures show the dress in our beautiful polyester taffeta, but passes well for an authentic period silk. This isn't cheap bridesmaid taffeta, but a luxurious, silk effect taffeta. The pictures also show the dress worn over petticoat and bustle pad which gives the period silhouette. You can add a cotton petticoat and bustle pad to your order in the options.

Made to measurements.
Modern overlocked/ serged seam finishings and machined button holes.
The buttons are vintage (wherever possible,  glass) and will likely vary slightly from the ones shown in the photos. Fabric covered buttons may be used on the cuffs.
Flatlined in the traditional Victorian style with viscose lining.
The lace and trimming may vary depending on availability from suppliers, but will always be a black venice lace with pleated, pre-made trim.
The bodice features an internal waist tape and synthetic whalebone in decorative channels with flossing detail.
The back hem of the underskirt has a black cotton dust ruffle.

Not everyone fits standard sizing so I make everything to the measurements you provide. This means lengths are just so and widths are just right. For some items like skirts I will only need a few basic measurements, but complicated items like a full gown will require you to fill out a measurement chart. Once you have placed your order I will send my measurement chart and instructions PDF in a message. Please see my shop policies for more FAQs about my service.

As a custom piece this item is professionally handmade at my Lincolnshire, UK studio.  Please see the delivery section for details of my current schedule, but it is usually around 8-10 weeks plus shipping time.

1880s GOTHIC BUSTLE Gown, Victorian Costume

  • Overview

    Three part fitted gown

    Polyester faux silk taffeta

    Vintage glass buttons

    Black trim

    Hand finished

    Made to measurements

    Made to order

  • Shipping

    Royal Mail Tracked 48 postage is included for UK clients.

    Despatch is approximately 8 - 10 weeks after ordering.

  • Returns

    As a customised item, made to measurements, returns are not accepted. Please see the Classic Collection Ts&Cs for full information.

  • What our customers say:

    "My expectations were not only met, they were exceeded. Joanna made my life long dream of owning a 1880s bustle gown come true. I had so many compliments on the gown." - Natalie, UK

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