Victorian Wire mesh bustle. The fashion for this wire mesh bustle came in the 1880s when the long skirt was pulled to the back and draped on top of this bustle. Adjustable one inch wide twill tape wraps around all but the largest waists with the 10-1/2" wide x 5" deep pre-formed wire mesh across the back stapled to the tape. By this time, fashion dictated that dresses would have a more slender silhouette, with the lady becoming more emancipated, hence not as many underpinnings were required.
1880- 1882: Victorian fashion plate, illustration from (unknown) book. Grey cotton day dress with cuirasse bodice and ruched, draped and pleated skirt, sewn to white cotton ground with grey and red frills at hem. Tie back skirts.