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Jane Eyre (Victorian Era Fashion)
Hailey Davison 15 January 2013
Transcript of Jane Eyre (Victorian Era Fashion)
The Victorian Era occurred between about 1830 to the very early 1900s. It is considered to be a time of peace, prosperity, and a time of ever-changing fashion sense. The fashion in this period was a melting pot of different styles of clothing, such as the styles of the Far East. Women's clothing included wearing black, or mourning clothes, in times of a relative’s death. The Queen wore mourning clothes for the rest of her life after her husband, Albert, passed away in 1861. The dress at this time emphasized modesty, while still managing to show off a woman’s figure. Even revealing a bit of skin below the hem of a dress was considered scandalous. The dresses of Victorian women were almost always quite decorative, and the undergarments had whalebone or flexible metal to allow more comfort. Trends: 1840s
The woman of Victorian wore many varying styles of clothing. At the beginning of the era, which is around 1840, women wore large skirts and corsets, while still exposing their shoulders. Corsets are a form of garment used to acquire a desired body shade. They also wore puffed sleeves, which were still evident in the 1820s and 1830s. Petticoats, which are a form of undergarment, were worn underneath the dress. Hair was kept less curly than in earlier eras, and tended to be parted in the middle. 1840s
The woman of the Victorian era wore many varying styles of clothing. At the beginning of this era, women wore large skirts and corsets, while still exposing their shoulders. 1860s
During this period, women started to wear large, hooped skirts. Dresses also started to become flatter at the front and projected more out of the back. Skirts reached their largest width during this period. 1870s
Corsets fell out of fashion for informal occasions during this period, and tea gowns were introduced for these events. Tea gowns were influenced by the Japanese, which incorporated styles from Far East. They were a frame used to support and exaggerate the back of a dress. With the invention of steam-molding, corsets could now be manufactured longer than before, to fit the desired body shape. 1880s
Bustles reached their height of extremes during this period. Women wore bustles to a great extent, with some even extending almost straight out of the back. Wider shoulders were slowly gaining popularity. Top hats with veils were also popular. When women went to ride, the bustles had to be removed. 1890s
By the 1890s, both bustles and crinoline had begun a quick decline. Woman’s fashion now featured less excessive décor, but corsets were still used. Corsets also grew longer. Tight sleeves that flared at the shoulder became fashionable, while skirts took on a bell-like shape, encompassing the hips more naturally, while flaring around the knees. Accessories: Footwear
Boots were normally only worn by men, but by the Victorian Era, women started wearing them as well. By the 1850s, boots were being manufactured out of rubber, along with leather, which was used previously. They also wore puffed sleeves, which were still evident in the 1820s and 1830s. Petticoats, which are a form of undergarment, were worn underneath the dress. Hair was kept less curly than in earlier eras, and tended to be parted in the middle. Day dresses featured high necklines, sometimes adorned with tatting, a type of lacing. The evening dresses of this period had low necklines, as well as short sleeves and gloves. Fingerless lace could also be worn instead. “The Corset Question.” Chicago Tribune. ProQuest Archiver, n.d. Web. 8 Oct. 2012. <http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/access/703034782.html?dids=703034782:703034782&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&type=historic&date=Nov+14%2C+1869&author=&pub=Chicago+Tribune+%281860-1872%29&edition=&startpage=0_2&desc=THE+CORSET+QUESTION>.
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The hats of the Victorian Era were meant to protect the skin of a woman as she went outside. Hats were worn whenever a woman left the house. They were also a representation of a lady’s style and influence. Victorians thought of interesting ornaments for their hats. Birds were even used to decorate their hats! Men, In the 1800's. The frock coat began to decline and was replaced by coats with padded shoulders and a more masculine cut, such as the morning coat and Norfolk jacket, by 1875. The Prince of Wales, a notorious playboy and sportsman, popularized more casual, functional and fashionable dress. The top hat persisted throughout this era for formal day and evening wear, along with the opera hat for the theater which could be folded and put under one's seat. For the middle class bowler hats became a part of everyday wear. The homburg was made fashionable by the Prince of Wales and an increasing number of styles became suitable for daily wear. Waistcoats remained cut in much the same fashion as in the previous century, however, the patterned and richly embroidered style began to decline. However, a checkered pattern became suitable for sporting or country events. During this era breeches became suitable for riding only, while easy-fitting trousers and knickerbockers came into fashion for the day-to-day. During the 1850's trousers might widen at the ankles, though generally a tighter, more tubular shape prevailed. Trousers in plaid or checkered patterns were worn with dark coats. As for outerwear, evening cloaks declined, finally falling out of fashion at around 1850. Coats were considered smarter but often featured a short cape and a velvet collar. Certain styles, the Ulster and the Gladston, were for traveling. During the 50's, looser coats called 'sacs' came into fashion. Lastly, footwear. Half-boots and knee-boots became rare during Victoria's reign, but the ankle boot persisted until the 1890's. During 1850-1860, and again in 1890, pointed toes were favored, while the 80's saw a blunt, square-toed shape. Boots were often buttoned, with cloth tops, or worn with spats. Children's clothes became more informal during this era, for boys around 1850, for girls, the late 80's. Boys wore knickerbockers and short, collarless jackets fastening at the neck, and Sailor suits were popularized by the Prince of Wales and later his sons. THE END!