In the mid of 19th century in England there was a real “revolution” in the world of fashion! 18-year-old Queen Victoria, that embodies the youth, romance and nobility stepped on the throne. It was easy for her to change the existing laws of fashion! Victoria dressed in expensive curvy dresses with ruffles, tightens the waist with corset, adorned her slender neck with sparkling family jewels! Crowned “style icon” has become a worthy example to follow! Thus arose the Victorian style of dress, named after its young founder. This style turned the head not only an Englishwoman, but also women all over the world. And today the echoes of “royal style” often appear in the collections of famous fashion designers!
History of Victorian style
Victorian clothing style became popular in the 30s of the last century and was relevant until its end. Queen Victoria made a fashion original dress with an hourglass silhouette that emphasizes the benefit proportion of obese women, because in those days the beauty standards were somewhat different from the existing ones. However, this dress looked great on the slender young ladies.
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Victorian dresses suggested the wearing of corsets that are harmful to health, but at that time nobody did not care. Corset was protracted so tight that the diameter of the waist of some ladies of the Victorian era, was only 30 centimeters! Dresses took more time and cost, because the cut was quite complicated and ornate. Clothes were designed multilayer, have rich decor of lace and waves, lots of petticoats, pleats, ribbons and bows. Blouses were with puffs and wide sleeves, accompanied by a band.
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Dresses were sewn only from expensive fabrics, such as satin, silk, velvet, satin and linen of dark blue, white, burgundy, white and black colors. Style emphasized curves of the female body – the waist, chest, thighs. With this outfit women from high society couldn’t have a bright make-up, however jewelry decorated with precious stones were welcome.
Victorian style nowadays
Today modern designers could not resist not to apply some of its elements in their collections.
–Long dresses made of satin, silk, velvet, embroidered, have collars and corsets, which are typical of the Victorian era. Dresses have no lush skirts, which would have caused inconvenience in daily life. But for the gala evening, graduation or wedding such dresses will be an appropriate one.
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–The colors and shades. The heritage of the Victorian era became the color of old silver and gold, as well as bright colors in clothes – blue, purple, turquoise. Modern designers do not forget to pay tribute to the past and the “old-fashioned” decorate blouses, tops, skirts and dresses with sequins, hand embroidery, pearls, gold and silver threads.
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–Jewellery. As in former times, their looks are complemented by contemporary designers pendants, medallions, and earrings in the form of doves, angels, hearts and snakes.
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–High collars. Ralph Lauren and Alexander McQueen love to include it in their collections.
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–Corsets.Trends offer combine them with jeans, a pencil- skirt and shorts. La Perle and D.Dikon demonstrate corsets in their collection.
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-Trim.Ruffles, frills, flounces, bows and ribbons are widely used to create dresses in a romantic style. Hand embroidery decorates not only the blouses, skirts and dresses, but also the pants, and clothes made of denim.
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–The underlined female silhouette. Dresses and suits with elegant lines are represented by Vivienne Westwood and Christian Lacroix, creating a collection in bright blue, yellow and purple color variations.
How to wear clothes in Victorian style
If you do not have time to watch fashion collections of famous designers, then you should adhere the tips that will allow you to include Victorian features in the daily pattern.
-Firstly, you should wear clothes that covers the body as much as possible. For example, blouses with lush flared sleeves and high collar in tandem with a maxi-skirt.
-Pick up clothes, which has many pieces. For example, a dress richly trimmed with ruffles and embroidery.
-Wear a corset. If you have perfect forms, you can avoid this recommendation.
-Make a simple hairstyle and makeup.
-Add accessories. It could be jewelry with precious stones or simple jewelry that has the elements in the form of hearts, angels, snakes.
Below Roberto Cavalli’s collection of Victorian style
But you should take into account that the clothes in Victorian style is more suitable for celebrations, where you want to outshine all its beauty and attire. For everyday life it would be enough to add only a couple of simple elements that will give to your clothes features of Victorian epoch.