Enter on the fashion stage, Lillie Langtry…

… who, being in the very height of fashion in the 1880’s, and taking her cues from Victoria, the Parisienne fashion houses, while hanging out with the rich, privileged, and Royal, was wearing the latest style – the large bustle.

Also having influence and persuasion, she decided the bustle could use a bit of improvement.  It was large, impossible to sit down in, and cumbersome.

(Portrait:  Lillie in the mid 1880’s)