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Victorian Era: Women's Fashion

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K Dyer

on 28 March 2013

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Victorian Era:
Women's Fashion By Kasumi Dyer Queen Elizabeth was a major influence on Victorian fashion. She wore fancy dresses made of expensive fabrics. Since the early death of her husband, she seemed to be in mourning for the rest of her life, and dressed in almost funeral-like dresses. The Victorian style fashion died along with her in the early 1900's. There was a rise in the English economy around the time when Queen Elizabeth came to throne. This allowed people to lavishly spend money, and people began to dress more and more elaborately. Influences Make-up Hairstyles Bibliography Shoes Corsets Accessories How does Victorian women's fashion affect us today? Clothing What you wore indicated your social status. Poor women wore long dresses and aprons made of cheap materials. Rich women wore dresses made of the finest fabrics, often with high collars to protect them from the sun. Dresses came in one or two pieces, which were held together by hooks. There were one or two skirts. If there were two skirts, the second layer was longer than the first layer. The style of sleeves on dresses changed MANY times throughout the Victorian era. Although various shades of green were the most popular, dresses came in numerous colours, from pastels to dark colours. Dresses were cut to compliment the woman’s figure, but in a modest way. There were many layers of clothing that a woman had to wear on a daily basis: drawers slip corset petticoat camisole bustle underskirt skirt/jacket Women were seen as weak (both physically and mentally), so corsets were a “medical necessity” in the 1830’s. Girls as young as three or four years old wore corsets. As they grew older, they were lengthened and tightened. Around the time the girls were in their teenage years, they needed some sort of assistance to stay upright. Hats were originally worn for protection from the sun, but became an accessory to show social class. They had many layers and were very elaborate. Other accessories included gloves, shawls, fans, brooches, jewelry. Shoes were made so they were interchangeable until the early nineteenth century, when right/left feet shoes were made. They were a luxury so poor people couldn’t buy them for their children. Shoes and boots almost always had pointed toes or squared toes and heels. Hair was important to Victorian women so it was rarely cut. Women wore their hair parted down the middle, curled or braided, then then pinned back. In the 1880’s bangs became popular. Unlike today, ringlets or waves were added to them. Only actresses were allowed to wear make-up. Other women only a little blush was used, since make-up was seen as something negative. Women wanted to have a pale complexion, because it showed that they didn’t work in the country. Heavy velvet curtains, shawls, hats, and gloves were all popular for women who wanted to stay as pale as possible. Thankfully, Victorian women’s fashion and today’s women’s fashion completely contrast. In the Victorian era, femininity was important, so they wore extravagant dresses. Pants were never worn by women; the closest things to pants were bloomers which were only worn when they were cycling. Today, dresses are usually only worn on special occasions. Clothing today is MUCH more comfortable and practical than those worn by Victorian women. Also, in the Victorian era, make-up was only worn by actresses, but today anyone can. Having short hair would be breaking social etiquette back then, whereas today, it is completely normal. The fashion of the Victorian era was quite materialistic and pretentious, to show their social classes. Today, we have a much larger middle class, and the fashion is much more practical. http://victorianeracnr.blogspot.ca/2011/01/fashion.html


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