Mimi♡ (sitakhet) wrote in little_details,

Style of a particular [mystery] dress

Hello, little_details, and Happy New Year!

A little background info for this query:
Setting: London, date not really set in stone, but around 1882.

So one day I was researching a class paper, and came upon a drawing making fun of the Salon or something of the sort. I noticed a dress, thought it would look rather good on a character, but it never occured to me to take down the information. Smashing good work, I know.

What I've used/searched so far: Cunnington's "English Women's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century," every link in the appropriate 1870-80s fashion pages on Wikipedia and links within those links, "19th century clothing patterns."

So far, I've gotten dresses/styles that are similar but not exactly the same. So I've come to you all with a (really, really bad) drawing I whipped up in Photoshop to see if anyone even recognizes it as a real dress style.

(This is NOT my best work, I assure you :P)
It's a dress, with a low neckline and a high-necked blouse of some sort under it.

I remember there being bustles on other dresses in the image, so that's what led me to look at the 1870s and 80s.
From my research, it seems most likely that it's actually a polonaise of some sort, with a skirt/underdress, similar to this or this (the latter being the closest thing to what I remember.) The only problem is that I distinctly remember the dress being uh, "unruffled" down the front, and one piece despite the buttons only going 1/2-3/4th the way down.

So first, is this an actual dress? If it is, is there a name to the particular style and around when was it en vogue?
My character is a working class female who would have gotten the dress through the second hand market, so I think it would be plausible for her to be wearing something a few years out of style (I think she'd have bigger worries than if the neckline is unfashionable...)

Thank you in advance!
Tags: ~clothing
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