How to Dress Victorian


The 19th century lady was a vision of elegance and grace in beautiful Victorian fashion gowns lavishly trimmed with frills, flounces, lace, braid, fringe, ruche and ribbons. The fashion conscious Victorian lady created this appearance with a mysterious combination of the "uncomfortable and inconvenient" with the "frivolous and decorative." Numerous heavy petticoats, layers of underclothes, metal hoops, tight corsets and pointed boned bodices of whalebone and steel were hidden by an array of ornately accented undersleeves, collars, pelerines, fans, gloves, hats, and parasols. The finished look was of elegance and grace with an illusion of ease and comfort.

 

Click on each year below to learn how to dress Victorian. 

 

Victorian Fashion

 

1858-1862
Victorian Fashions

   

 

1865-1867
Victorian Fashions