Wile doing my research for LCS course – Fashion Styling Advanced Diploma of History I discover my aesthetic style which I’m absolutely fascinated about it. I found it very interesting, it brings me to fascination for the old.
Let me tell you briefly about Victorian Era, and let’s go together back in time.
The Victorian era is named after Queen Victoria she became Queen of England in 1837 ( 18 years old) Victoria ruled until she died in 1901, after 64 years as queen.
When Queen Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837, the world looked to the young royal for far more than a political standpoint and a line of succession. At 18 years old, Victoria represented a new era for regal fashion and inspired everyone from the court to the common woman.
Visiting the museum Kensington Palace in London, I explored the Princess Victoria ’s journey to the throne, in the rooms where she grew up. From her unlikely birth in a converted dining room to the bitter feuds that plagued her adolescence, journey through the formative years of one of Britain’s most significant monarchs.
The Victorian era there was strict social norms they dictated based on your race, gender and class what place you have in society and what you could and could not do.
Upper Class – Extremely wealthy, aristocratic family
Middle Class – Professionals, financially secure
Working Class – Labourers working to survive
It is truly the Victorian era that brought about consumerism as we know it today. Trendy clothing wasn’t purely accessible to the bourgeoisie anymore, but thanks to the birth of the fashion magazine, fashion advertising and the industrial revolution – clothes were being made faster and cheaper – the common people were allowed to play the fashion game, wearing a different outfit for every purpose.
Evolution of dress
Designed to slim the waist and give the illusion of a bigger bust and curvier hips, the corset was a Victorian style staple. Originally known as a stay, the bodices of the early 1800s were stiffened with steel boning for evening and everyday wear, highlighting the sensual shape of a woman’s body even under layers of lace and long-sleeved dresses.
Nearly 200 years later, the corset has shifted shape somewhat, but is still a mainstay in modern fashion. Take Madonna’s iconic Jean Paul Gaultier conical corset in 1990, Vivienne Westwood’s Rococo painted corsets from the same year and Alexander McQueen’s continued exploration of a restricted bodice in metal, leather and lace.
At a time when most brides were married in coloured dresses, Queen Victoria’s choice of a white silk satin gown wasn’t meant to change wedding trends for centuries to come.
Ever since, white wedding gowns have become an iconic style for brides from every background, royal or otherwise. Take Kate Middleton in custom Alexander McQueen for her wedding to Prince William, or Gwen Stefani’s twist on the trend with her pink-dipped wedding dress from 2002.
VICTORIAN HAIR STYLE 1859-1869
Queen Victoria had a passion for jewellery, teaming diamond crowns and sapphire brooches with personal pieces collected throughout her reign.
Victorian-inspired jewellery has been seen on the catwalk in supersized proportions. Ricardo Tisci’s SS12 couture collection for Givenchy adorned models with crystal-encrusted septum rings and collarbone-skimming earrings, revisiting these styles in jet for AW15, while Dolce & Gabbana are known for their religious iconography and gem-encrusted jewellery.
Models in Victorian Era (19th Century)
Toward the end of the era (about the 1890s) women’s fashions became simpler and less extravagant and bustles fell out of fashion. The new, looser dresses gave way to a more flowing look. Corsets were still worn, but became slightly longer to provide the slimmer shape that was coming into fashion.
It taught women around the world to dress with elegance. The industrial revolution during this period brought with it a major revolution to the way clothes were made. They resembled what is today known as haute couture and became a symbol of the wearer’s social status.
Down bellow I post some designers that they get inspired from Victorian Era.
The Victorian shirt has shown up on the catwalk in a variety of styles: Temperley London showed both high-necked pieces with ruffles and lace-up details, while Emilia Wickstead focused on voluminous sleeves, luxe textures and gothic fabrics for AW17.
The Victorian era is proof that women found themselves enslaved by fashion.
I like the Victorian era ‘ cause it was a very dynamic time, and also it was a time characterised by optimism