Step into a time machine and journey to the 19th century, a period where refined elegance and dramatic flair ruled the fashion scene. Welcome to the captivating world of Victorian core fashion, a trend that draws inspiration from the bygone era of Queen Victoria's reign (1837-1901).
A Canvas of Social Standing
Victorian fashion was more than just trends; it was a canvas that reflected social class and hierarchy. The upper echelons adorned themselves in expensive fabrics, like silks, velvets, and satins, their garments adorned with intricate embroidery, ruffles, and lace. Think opulent ball gowns, tailored suits, and waistcoats for men, all exuding an air of refined sophistication.
The Working Class Wardrobe
In contrast, the working class dressed in more practical attire. Plain garments was the norm, with sturdy boots and functional hats protecting them from the harsh realities of daily life. Yet, even within these practical constraints, a touch of Victorian flair emerged. Think neatly pressed shirts, waistcoats, and skirts, often accented with simple yet elegant accessories.
White - this colour was popular for clothing at the time.
Needlework - Lace, crochet, embroidery were found in abundance throughout clothing. Decorative elements in general were applied heavily in victorian paintings, architecture and home furnishings.
Modesty - Necklines were high, sleeves and legs covered in multiple layers of fabric as this time period was known for it's prudishness.