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Natural Form & the Cuirass Bodice

Auguste Renoir, La Balancoire (The Swing), 1876 An overview of that very peculiar era of fashion known as the Natural Form, with its Cuirass Bodice, including a summarized look at the socio-economic climate of the era.

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derbyram  
Natural Form and the Cuirass Bodice, 1876 – 1882 by Manon Antoinette   please excuse my ignorance but is this in the correct period and if so - any tips on how to make Dorcas, dress - i just love it! - sorry cant work out how to copy the pic <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire/content/image_galleries /larkrise_candle ford_gallery.shtml?4">Lark Rise</a>  
 
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jason_maclochlainn  
Natural Form and the Cuirass Bodice, 1876 – 1882 by Manon Antoinette   No this is the wrong period by nearly 25 years. Larkrise is set circa 1890-1895ish (?)

This is a topic more suited to be sent in to the editor for future coverage ;)
 
 
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manon  
Natural Form and the Cuirass Bodice, 1876 – 1882 by Manon Antoinette   Dear derbyram,
Larkise to Candleford is early to mid 1890's (depending on wether the Pratts are fashion forward, or most of the people we see are of a working class and therefore somewhat behind in fashion), so a little bit past this time frame! I do love that outfit, you could try and play with altering a bodice from a commercial historical pattern. Truly Victorian patterns are very easy to work with.
 
 
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valarie  
Natural Form and the Cuirass Bodice, 1876 – 1882 by Manon Antoinette   I love this period but knew very little about it, and couldn't find much info relating to it. This article has a wealth of info, and all in one spot. Thank you!  
 
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ladymideva  
Natural Form and the Cuirass Bodice, 1876 – 1882 by Manon Antoinette   where did De Gracieuse go,that was a great resourse at the end of great article.it had pattern,unlike the harper bazaar  
 
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corsetra  
Natural Form and the Cuirass Bodice, 1876 – 1882 by Manon Antoinette   ladymideva,
De Graciouse is still up
http://www.geheugenvannederland.nl/?/en/collecties/modetijdschrift_de_gracieuse
 
 
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ladymideva  
Natural Form and the Cuirass Bodice, 1876 – 1882 by Manon Antoinette   I'm getting no page found on all the issues, just a bunch of question marks,am I the only one?  
 
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francesgrimble  
Natural Form and the Cuirass Bodice, 1876 – 1882 by Manon Antoinette   De Gracieuse and Harper's Bazar both licensed their sewing and needlework patterns from the German magazine Der Bazar, as did La Mode Illustree and several other European magazines. Harper's Bazar did indeed contain the separate oversized sheets containing overlapping sewing patterns, from the time they started business late in 1867 up into the early 1900s--I forget the exact year. It's just that the pattern sheets have often been removed from the magazines by the time you see them for sale.

I have several bound volumes and several hundred issues of Harper's Bazar containing pattern sheets, not a whole run but getting close. I separated, scaled down, redrew, etc., numerous Harper's Bazar patterns for my books Reconstruction Era Fashions (1867-1868), and the two volumes of Fashions of the Gilded Age (1877-1883). It's an incredible amount of work though. The different line styles indicating different patterns are very hard to distinguish from each other even on full-size originals, and the larger pattern pieces were overlapped wherever they extended the sheet, making tracing them a real pain. I'm debating whether I'd ever do it again for another book.
 
 

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