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October 25, 2022

30 Gorgeous Photos Show Fashion Styles of Women During Late Victorian Era

During the Victorian Era, advances in technology and distribution saw fashion change from an exclusive privilege of the wealthy elites to something that could be enjoyed by ordinary people. The Industrial Revolution inspired a flowering of creativity in architecture, literature, and decorative and visual arts, all playing a part in influencing the latest fashions.

Casting off the shackles of crinolines of the 1850s and 1860s, the late Victorian era saw several innovations to bring more practicality and mobility to fashion whilst maintaining the volume of fabric.

With women becoming more involved in activities outside the home, fashion designers made changes to suit. Skirts were given more ground clearance and trains were made simpler, stronger and dragged less on the ground while keeping the same overall form.

Abandoned by the 1890s, the bustle evolved into skirts with a much more subtle flow from the wearer’s thin corseted waist. Necklines were high, while sleeve size increased. Becoming bell-shaped, dresses were made to fit tighter around the hip area.

Here below is a set of gorgeous photos that shows what Victorian ladies wore from between the 1870s and 1890s.


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