Crimes of Fashion

By | April 4th, 2020|Categories: Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

How Women Used Their Skirts to Smuggle Goods in the Victorian Era When I covered the rise and fall of the bustle in a post late last year, one of our readers brought up a good point. The extra space under the skirts of the popular dress styles of the mid to late 1800s would [...]

The rise and fall of the bustle: a short history

By | January 5th, 2020|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Underpinnings, Victorian Fashions, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

A lot of interest has recently been given by clothing historians to the subject of women’s underclothes through time. It is, after all, something that we can all relate to, right? Maybe not. When one looks at the bustle, crinoline, and even whalebone corsets, for instance, we are truly looking at cultural artifacts from the [...]

Dressing During the Victorian Era

By | August 30th, 2016|Categories: Accessories, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Dressing was no easy feat for the Victorian woman. One simply didn't jump out of bed and expect to be dressed for the day in five minutes! A lot of work went into getting all those layers just right. Here's a glimpse into what women went through on a daily basis from about mid-19th century [...]

The History of the Hoop Skirt

By | June 8th, 2015|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Underpinnings, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , |

When we think of the hoop skirt, we tend to think of the Victorian Era. And it’s true that hoop skirts were used then. However, hoop skirts have been around since as early as the sixteenth century. The farthingale was a hoop skirt popular in Europe, and different forms of farthingales originated in France, Spain, [...]