And so Lillie Langtry invented her own bustle…

.. a large metal contraption suitable to the heavy fabrics and huge silhouette of the mid to late 1880’s.  Lillie’s, however, differing from everything else out there, was “reticulating” – meaning it could fold up.

When a woman sat down, her bustle folded into itself, pushing the fabric up and against her body, so she had freedom of movement both standing and sitting.

(Sketches:  the Langtry reticulating bustle design)