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Bustle pad

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1885 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed calico trimmed with silk cord and stuffed with what appears to be straw

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Bustle pad of dark brown glazed calico trimmed with dark brown silk cord. It consists of an almost square pad with rounded corners overlaid with a smaller one held in place by the silk cord.

It appears to be stuffed with straw. It fastens with a white waist tape.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1885 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Glazed calico trimmed with silk cord and stuffed with what appears to be straw

Marks and inscriptions

Blue printed white paper stuck to the tape


Height: 225 mm, Width: 220 mm, Depth: 95 mm, :

Descriptive line

Bustle pad of glazed calico, France, ca. 1885

Labels and date

Bought in Paris

This French rectangular bustle pad is stuffed with straw and would have provided a firm shelf-like support for the skirt and petticoats worn over it. This helped create the fashionable silhouette of the mid 1880s a period in which bustles briefly returned to favour.

Bustle pad
Au Louvre
France, Paris, about 1885
Glazed calico, stuffed with straw and trimmed with silk cord
V&A: T.377-1978 [16/04/2016-12/03/2017]


Textiles; Women's clothes; Fashion; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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