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Dickens Red Corduroy Dress in stock
Georgie Nocturne Paisley Victorian Dress - in stock
Raspberry Victorian Style Prairie Dress - in stock
Miss Julia's Hoop Skirt Dress
Miss Sue's Summer Civil War Dress
Darla's Victorian Day Dress
Civil War Era Jacket
Bianca Cotton Print Victorian Style Dress
Jacqueline Velvet Victorian Suit
Dickens Victorian Corduroy Dress
Mary Carolin' Red Victorian Suit
Tirra Festive Victorian Suit
Nellie Lovett Victorian Red Stripe Dress
Beatrix Victorian Suit
Josephine Victorian Style Dress
Larksong Victorian Civil War Style Gown
Miriannah Civil War Style Cotton Dress
Victorian Prairie Dress
Abigail Victorian Gown
Candace Victorian Dress
Kezia Cotton Prairie Dress
Tryphena Victorian Styled Cotton Print Dress
Print Cotton Prairie Dress
Camille Victorian Style Dress
Romantic Era Early Victorian Dress
Queen Victoria Gown
Roxa Classic Print Victorian Dress
Angelina Victorian Jacket and Skirt Ensemble
Green Gables Blouse and Skirt
Jessamine Victorian Dress
Victorian Corduroy Suit
Fran's Frontier Pioneer Dress
Civil War Era Dress
Civil War Victorian Style Dress
Adella Victorian Style Dress
Trinity Civil War Dress
Trinity Dress and Cape
Aileen Victorian Dress
Victorian Styled Work Dress
Gisele Victorian Dress
Althea Victorian Style Bustle Dress
Katharine Victorian Style Dress
Carlotta Victorian Ensemble
Eliza Victorian Dress
Blossom Summer Victorian Dress
Blossom Dress and Cape Ensemble
Margeaux Victorian Style Prairie Dress
Serenity Victorian Dress
Sarah Emma Bolero Ensemble
Anouk Victorian Ensemble
Helena Civil War Styled Gown
Jenna Victorian Dress
Misha Victorian Ensemble
Holly Dickens Caroling Cape and Skirt
Retta Victorian Dress
Anastasia Victorian Fancy Dress
Charity Victorian Dress on sale
Georgie Victorian Dress
Rebecca Victorian Print Set
Elsa Victorian Dress
Cintha Victorian Gown
Tara Civil War Styled Gown
Jobeth Classic Victorian Gown
Desidera Victorian Gown and Collar
Old West Victorian Suit
Gwyneira Victorian Ensemble
Charlotte Victorian Velvet Dress
Victorian Pioneer Ensemble
Civil War Victorian Style Dress
Briar Rose Victorian Bustle Style Cotton Dress
Creamy Lace Ensemble
Harper Victorian Pioneer Dress
Carrie Victorian Dress
Belinda Victorian Ensemble
Romantic Era Cotton Dress  and Cape
Mary Chestnut's Americana Victorian Cotton Dress
Mattie Victorian Style Dress
Amy Lee Lace Cape Dress
Miss Kate Dress
Mazie Victorian Dress
Penelope Victorian Style Dress
Maybelle Victorian Ensemble
Summer Prairie Dress
Irenna Victorian Ensemble
Dickens Victorian Dress

The reign of Queen Victoria spanned 64 years. During that time frame, much like a Hollywood celebrity of today, she set the style standards. Whatever the Queen wore, everyone else wore. Throughout this period, many styles were in and out of fashion. Just as a pendulum swings, styles went from one extreme to the next. This was especially evident in Victorian era dresses.

In the beginning of Victoria's reign, dresses were characterized by their restrictive elements. A limited range of movement was available to the wearer, as tight sleeves and low boned bodices. Sleeve and skirt size gradually began to increase. In the mid-1850s, when the crinoline was reinvented, skirt sizes reached massive proportions. Hoop skirts proved to be a hindrance and were considered unpopular by the end of the 1860s.

In the late 1860s, the first bustle skirt was introduced. Skirts were narrow in the front. The excess fabric of the hoop skirt era was piled up atop the bottom. Sleeves became slightly narrower at the time, though not as tight as previously. As the era progressed, skirts and sleeves became increasingly narrower to fit to the natural form of the wearer. The bustle packed one last punch in the 1880s, leaving forever at the end of Victoria's reign.

Mourning dresses were a large part of Queen Victoria's reign. After her beloved husband Prince Albert died in 1861, Victoria wore black mourning dresses for the rest of her life. She set the standard for other women in mourning. It was the duty of a woman to represent the loss through her dress and customary for a widow to mourn for 2 years. Mourning dress didn't just involve the dress, but all aspects of the ensemble. A mourning veil would be worn to cover the face, while black jet jewelry decorated the neck, wrists and ears.

Here at Recollections, we have Victorian dresses for every trend of the era. We have mourning bustle dresses, calico hoop skirt dresses and natural form dresses. All of our dresses are available in sizes XS to XXXXL and made in the USA. Our associates are available to answer any questions you have about fit or historical accuracy. We can't wait to make your first (or next) Victorian dress!