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Dear Victorian Ladies,

This is a women-only group for all interested in fashion & lifestyle during the Victorian Era.

Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837, and Empress of India from 1 January 1877, until her death. Her reign lasted more than sixty-three years, longer than that of any other British monarch.

The Victorian era of Great Britain is considered the height of the British industrial revolution and the apex of the British Empire. It is often defined as the years from 1837 to 1901, when Queen Victoria (often referred to as the greatest and most beloved of all the British monarchs) reigned, though many historians believe that the passage of the Reform Act 1832 marks the true inception of a new cultural era. The Victorian era was preceded by the Regency era and came before the Edwardian period. Victoria also had one of the longest, if not the longest, reigns in British history.

The fashions of the Victorian Era were both very elaborate and restrictive on the bodies of those who wore them. Fullness returns as early Victorian women indulge in a series of the most fantastic extravagances of undergarment disturbing their natural shape. Bustles and crinolines threw out the figure to the rear while tight laced corsets compressed the waist to twelve inches. By the late 1800's crinolines disappeared and the bustle gradually diminished in size becoming a mere pad. Victorian lace was used as ornamentation on long slim sleeves and high necklines and layered over satin and silk due to the 1840 invention of the lace machine. Fashion dictated that women wear white, tight-fitting, kidskin gloves fastened with up to 100 tiny buttons along with button-down, heel boots. By 1894 gowns became close fitting with fine soft fabric, reflecting the classical ideals of the Regency period.

The Governesses,

Copyright © 2011, Miss Heather Blair-Willis & Team.

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  • 19th Century
  • Dec 26, 2003
  • English

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