What is a Bustle?

A bustle is a framework or structure used to support and shape the back of a skirt or dress, creating volume and a draped appearance. Bustles were popular during the 19th century and early 20th century, particularly in Victorian fashion, as they allowed for the fashionable silhouette characterized by a narrow waist and a voluminous rear. Bustles can be made from various materials, such as steel, wire, or horsehair, and are typically attached to the inside of a garment. They come in different styles and sizes, ranging from modest and subtle to elaborate and dramatic.