Women’s Victorian gowns and evening dresses are simpler during the 1840s regarding ornamentation. Bodices are worn off the shoulder. Sleeves are short and tight with either puff decorations or lace trimming. Bodices feature a rigidly boned elongated shape with a waist that forms a perfect point in the front. The bell shaped skirts are formed with cartridge pleating.
Three evening dresses from 1844 with short tight sleeves edged with lace. Each elongated waist forms a perfect point in the front, typical of the style of the 1840s.
Victorian Gowns, 1842
Two evening dresses from 1842 with full bell-shaped skirts with cartridge pleating. The vertical lines of the bodice of the yellow dress is emphasized with five fabric flowers.
Victorian Gowns, 1844
Two ball dresses worn off the shoulder with pointed waists. The bell shaped skirts are formed with cartridge pleating. Both Victorian gowns have short tight sleeves and rigidly boned elongated bodices.