The Bustle or Swan ballgown: strapless boned bodice in black chiffon draped in folds over white satin; floor-length sweeping trained full skirt with layers of black, beige and brown net gathered into back bustle roll and forming wide polonaise or apron front swag; stiffened understructure. Charles James, Swan evening dress, 1954-1955, USA. The Museum at FIT, 91.241.136, photograph © The Museum at FIT (illustrating “The Swan Maidens”)

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