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The main feature of the Victorian epoch was the mix of the best of other styles. Victorian Era was a lively style of ornamentation. Clothes on the Victorian Era were very elaborated and restrictived on the bodies of those who wore them. The Victorian Era was a time period between 1830 to the end of the XXth century. Queen Victoria ruled England. The rise of the economy allowed to make more elaborated clothes. Cloth making was made easier and cheaper during the industrial boom of this time. Victorian fashion created by Queen Victoria in England clocked a time completely austere in dress, almost in funeral dresses because since the death of her husband she remained in mourning the rest of her life. She established very strict rules in mourning which can be clearly seen in movies and in texts. The women’s dress was very elaborated. Their dresses affected the way they walked, sat or moved her arms. Women wore a variety of colours for their stockings and dresses. Dresses and stockings undergarments were cut in a style to show off the figure in a modest way. The undergarments had whale-bones or flexible steel to make it more confortable.
The dress was worn in two pieces and connected with hooks and ties. The style of sleeves changed many times throughout the Victorian Era. The neckline was worn in a high V-neck. Either one or two skirts were worn; with two skirts the underskirt was longer, forming a short train with the top skirt forming an apron. The underskirt flared from the knees down to create fullness. Around 1880, the skirt
forming a slim outline. We can see the evolution of the fashion dresses in this picture: .was cut narrow all around the body. The dress was made in different colors. from pastels to darker colors. Different shades of green were very popular.
.We cannot fail to mention the importance of the "shawl" in this epoch.
Boots and shoes were almost always worn with heels and pointed or squared toes. However in the 19th century boots and shoes were still a luxury and some poor parents could not buy them for their children. In the 19th century boots and shoes started to be mass-produced. Men very often wore boots in the XIXth century and it became acceptable for women to wear them too.SHOES In the early XIXth century shoes began to be made with a right foot and a left foot instead of being interchangeable. Firstly they were made of leather but since the 1850s they were made of rubber.However at the end of the century it became fashionable for women to wear shoes again. .so it was cheaper.
Other important accessory were hats. to avoid an injury. Hats were primarily used as a protection from the sun. satin or cotton. The kind of hats worn by women and men were different. they always wear a hat when they went out.. The hats were layered on a wire base covered with straw braids or twisted fabric and was made from velvet. hats had wider-brim and were worn high on the head. In the early 1900s. However. Hats formed an essential part of a woman’sappearance and as a result. . The most romantic looking hat of the 1850s was a leghorn straw with a wide brim dipped down at the back and slightly at the front.. Birds were used as decorating piece on the hats and this was a fashion in the last half of the XIXth century. in the later years. hats became a symbol of style statement and authority.
the top hat or the tall silk hat was generally worn for formal days and evening wear.For men. Caps of firmly woven wool which were closefitting were also worn by the Victorian men. there was a rise in the number of hats that were considered appropriate for informal wear. A light grey top hat was worn in the 1860s for racing parties. . Since the 1870s.
mantles. Gloves and parasols were popular. The use of fans was also very common. Large brooches were worn at the throat and large and small earrings were also worn.Shawls. . Boas made of feathers or fur were also very big. scarves and little aprons were also accessories. cloaks.
Parasols were very popular and used to protect the skin from the sun. Actresses. Rooms . women wanted to look like as fragile ladies. however were allowed to use makeup. Paleness could be induced by drinking vinegar and avoiding fresh air. but make-up was not seen very good. especially during the 1870s when social etiquette became more rigid. They compared themselves to delicate flowers and emphasized their delicacy and femininity. Most cosmetic products available were still either chemically or homemade with kitchen colourings like berries and beetroot. A pale skin was a mark of gentility. It meant that a upper-class lady did not work in the country so she was not dark-skinned . They always wanted to look pale and interesting.MAKEUP About the makeup of this time. Sometimes ladies discreetly used a little rouge on the cheeks.
It was also supplemented by false hair depending on the current fashion. It was rarely cut. usually only in severe illness. During this time it was thought that women's hair was the most valued thing on them.were shuttered with dark heavy velvet curtains to keep out the sun's rays. Fine blue lines were painted on the skin to increase the appearance of delicate translucent skin and to look like veins. .
Bangs made their debut around 1880. Hair was thick. hats were an important part of the outfit. Later in the XIXth century. curled or braided. then tied or pinned back. long.Hairstyles were very complicated. Victorian hairstyles became more elaborated. Hair was parted down the middle. As we said before. Women began to use hot irons to wave their hair or add ringlets to it. . Only in informal occasions we can see the Victorian lady leaving her hair fall loose around her shoulders. and luxuriant in many different styles.
When Queen Elizabeth died in 1901 her styles died with her. The XXth century brought simpler fashions. Women’s fashions changed considerable with the rise in feminism in the XXth century. .