Victorian FashionOn display in this gallery are fifteen designs of Victorian Fashion in color and black and white. The black and white images show what were called “walking dresses.” They are from a 1868 issue of Peterson’s Magazine. An interesting style of the time was the crinoline, a cage-like petticoat that was worn under women’s dresses to create a large, wide skirt. The crinoline was introduced in the mid-1850s and reached its peak of popularity in the early 1860s. It was made of steel or whalebone and could be quite heavy, weighing up to 20 pounds which could make it difficult to walk in. Sometimes it would catch fire or get caught in machinery. However, it was also very fashionable and was seen as a symbol of wealth and status. If you find these examples of Victorian Fashion interesting, you’ll definitely want to take a look at the other pages with Victorian Dresses and Victorian Women’s Hats. Enjoy!
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