Friday, April 5, 2013

Victorian Fashion Photos

Like everyone else, I am having Downton Abbey withdrawals.  Why do I love Downton Abbey so much? Well, besides, the house, I love the fashions. The Victorian and Edwardian era fashions will never be repeated as far as I can see. Besides, who would want to wear so many restricting clothes? Not me. 

Despite the prim and proper feminine ideal of the day, fashions of the Victorian period created a mystical, romantic look.



I love the one below. Her hair, her face and her clothes are perfect.


A bridal party or perhaps a cotillion? 


Definitely 1880's or before. Bustles were in.



Love the enormous hats and large corsages and of course, the parasol.


A young woman before age 18. At 18, they could "drop their hemlines."




Edwardian fashion refers to the clothing worn in the early 20th century and features an simpler,   elegant, more tailored look for women.







I hope you enjoyed this brief look at some of the these photos. Many are from my personal collection. I never tire of looking at them.




10 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing! I just love looking at these fashions. I recently purchased an antique parasol much like the one in your photo. I also bought a stereoscope that came with a treasure of pictures. I find myself looking more at the fashions/clothing in the photos than anything else! Thank you again for sharing

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    1. Jennifer, thank you for visiting. Aren't the fashions of that period wonderful? Not sure how practical but they are lovely. Again, thanks for the visit and come back again!

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    2. These are so pretty! I'm writing a book within the Victorian era and these helped with getting a grasp of how these ladies look!

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    3. Anonymous, thank you for visiting. I am glad my post helped.

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  2. Your second photo is of actress Maude Fealy. The group of ladies in white is a college greaduation, maybe Vassar... I love the Edwardian lady ont eh porch with plants! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for letting me know. That is one of my favorite pictures. I just love Victorian and Edwardian pictures.

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  3. I believe the ladies all dressed in white is a debutante gathering or sometimes known as a "Coming out". Still quite popular in the South.

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  4. Yes it is. But somehow, they just did it better. (If you know what I mean) Thank you for reading

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  5. Is the studio portrait of the standing young woman with bustle (wearing gloves and with diagonal buttons on bodice)in your private collection? I might be interested in it for a book cover & wonder if it's in the public domain or legally belongs to someone - you? Would want to give proper credit etc. Thanks.

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    1. Hi,
      She is lovely, isn't she? I think I pinned her from Pinterest. On my Pinterest board,it says that is was taken from fuckyeahvictorians.tumblr.com. However, that site on Tumbler is no longer there. She has been repinned to 154 biards. I did some random checking and they all attribute to the same Tumblr website.

      I am so sorry.
      Thank you for reading.

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