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Victorian (general)

LondonLadiesSquareThe Victorian era spans a long period of rapid change and progress during the 19th century. We've broken our Victorian articles down into smaller sub-categories according to all the different styles of the period, but some of our articles are appropriate to more than one decade, or even to the Victorian era in general. You'll find those below.

Don't forget, also, that we've sometimes found it difficult to place an article in a specific era. Do browse other categories either side of the one you're interested in - you never know what useful treasures you might find!

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

iconA little known 1890s Worth afternoon dress, a crisply constructed 1880s tailor-made, and Titanic era lace dresses!

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, part 2

squarepicNow that you have a successful miniature toile, it's time to scale up and mock up the full size waterfall skirt.

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Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part I

LondonLadiesSquareYou wouldn't wear an evening gown to work, would you? Here's how to dress without provoking the Victorian etiquette police. Part 1 covers daywear.

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How To Make A Worth Gown 2

Maria Hendrika of Belgium, 1865, probably wearing WorthStudying the construction of an original Worth bodice so that we can discover and recreate the magic of Worth in our own work.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part I

Screen Shot 2016 10 05 at 19.54.32This Tennessee museum has the South's largest collection of Victorian and Edwardian clothing. Lisha walks us through their treasures. 

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Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part 2

BathingSquareYou wouldn't wear an evening gown to work, would you? Here's how to dress without provoking the Victorian etiquette police, part 2: eveningwear & sportswear.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part 3

squarepicLisha completes her investigation into this attractive style by showing us how to create a crisp and polished finished waterfall. 

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Recreating A 19th c Dolman Mantle

SquarepicDolman mantles were exceedingly popular late Victorian outerwear. Chantal shows us how to recreate this type of sleeved 19th century cloak.

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Victorian Underarm Hygiene

SquarepicToday's standard of hygiene is vastly different from Victorian standards. Lisha investigates some ways to keep tidy in 19th century costume.

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The Veiled Lady

SquarepicWhat's more mysterious and dramatic than a veil? Bess outlines the veil's role as a fashion accessory and finishing touch to any Victorian ensemble. 

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Victorian Jewelry

Victorian jewelryToo often we settle for pale imitations or modern costume jewelry to adorn our Victorian gowns, but that doesn't have to be the case: here's a guide.

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18th Century Revival in Victorian Fashion

SquarepicRetro fashion is not a new trend. Jen looks back at a time when the bustle met the Watteau gown and Georgian style was 'à la mode'.

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