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Victorian

LondonLadiesSquareThe Victorian era spans a long period of rapid change and progress during the 19th century.

The articles below comprise the entire contents of all the Victorian era articles we have, 1837-1901. To narrow your search down, go to one of the subcategories by hovering over Articles>Historical Periods>Victorian in the main menu above, OR click one of the following links:

Victorian (general)  ~   Early-Mid Victorian 1837-67  ~  First Bustle 1868-76

Natural Form 1877-82  ~  Second Bustle 1883-90  ~   Gay Nineties 1890s

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

squarepicThe most eye-catching Victorian skirts are the most maddening to drape just right! Here's the insider trick to the waterfall skirt.

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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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