My first step was to familiarize myself with the fashions of the latter half of the 1800’s . When looking at fashions of an era I first look at the silhouette of the period. The Victoria and Albert museum has a great timeline as a base for my research which can be found here.

This sketch below by Alfred Roller is a great example of the changing silhouette.

References

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/h/history-of-fashion-1840-1900/

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