Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Photograph, ca. 1894-1897
This robust colonial lass demonstrates that even in the 19th century fashion had its pitfalls if you didn't have the right figure for it. In this case the sitter's corsets appear to be laced uncomfortably tight creating a visible ridge under her clothes around her bust.
The photograph is stamped "Mora, 83 Rundle Street, Adelaide". My research informs me that the firm existed at that address during the 1890s. I further narrowed the date of this picture to the middle of the decade by the puffed sleeves the sitter was wearing.