Victorian Costumes


The Victorian era spanned from the 1830’s to the 1890’s, in the U.K. and other colonies of the British empire.

Victorian costumes involve the various trends that emerged, during that time. There were many changes in styles, the technology that was used to create garments, plus methods of selling and buying them.

Some features that define Victorian costumes are corsets with boning, low-shoulder necklines, fitted sleeves, crinolines, and bustles.

Hats and gloves were also required, for the sake of propriety. You’ll see some hats, in the pictures on this page. Please see the hats page, for more examples.

This picture was taken at a victorian ball. One gown (blue print) was made from a pattern. The other two gowns were altered from strapless, special occasion dresses.

This picture was taken at a Victorian costume ball. I made the gold gown, as well as the black jacket and skirt that I’m wearing.

1880’s couple. Same fabric used to make the dress and the vest. Coat, vest and dress made from patterns.

Victorian ballgowns with hoop skirts, made from the same pattern. One is more simple, to suit the woman’s style, with piping to flatter her figure. One is more embellished, with white lace on the bodice, hem & the edges of the sleeves, plus beaded fringe.

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