1889’s Fall Fashions

The Fall Trends of October 1889, according to Godey’s Lady Book, the leading women’s fashion magazine of the Victorian era.   Fig. 1. Ulster of dark blue cloth, belted into the waist. Felt-trimmed shoulder cape with silk, velvet and feather aigrette. Fig. 2. Walking costume for lady, made of cloth. The front part of the... Continue Reading →

Victorian Slide Jewelry

Before the invention of the wrist watch, Victorian women would wear their hunter case watches as a necklace, adding ornate, engraved pieces to the chain. Thus, slide jewelry was born! Composed of a “starter” chain with various gemstone "slides" added to it, Victorian slide jewelry allowed women to customize to their liking, much like the... Continue Reading →

What Lies Beneath

Victorians firmly believed in the importance of wearing the appropriate clothing for every occasion. So how did Victorian women create their famous silhouette? With no fewer than seven undergarments! Victorian women wore an extraordinary amount of underwear: first came the chemise and drawers, followed by a corset, under-petticoat, crinoline or hoop skirt, over-petticoat, and bustle.... Continue Reading →

Charming Chintz

The term “chintz” has come to imply a broad range of products bearing a vintage floral pattern—most commonly associated with porcelain china and polished upholstery fabric. Favorite patterns were comprised of delicate rose motif with meandering sprig stems connected by tiny hand-painted “spots”. The earliest records indicate that French cotton printers arrived in London in... Continue Reading →

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