Victorian riding habits: more than meets the eye

By | June 27th, 2021|Categories: Fashion, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Last week I wrote about the Victorian home workout and the various attitudes about female exercise of the time. I included illustrations from exercise 19th century fitness manuals which showed women performing various exercises in their full proper dress of the time; corsets, petticoats, and all. Clothing had not yet evolved to a point where [...]

An interview with Joanna Syrokomla of Murdoch Mysteries

By | February 26th, 2021|Categories: Edwardian Era, Entertainment, Fashion|Tags: , , , |

Joanna Syrokomla on set I recently had the opportunity to have a fun chat with Joanna Syrokomla, the costume director for Murdoch Mysteries. Joanna has been in her role since season 12 and is as in love with her job as ever. As a new fan of the show and of course as a fashion [...]

How crazy was the bicycle craze?

By | January 23rd, 2021|Categories: Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

Many of our readers will be familiar with “the bicycle craze” of the late 1800s and the idea that the bicycle revolutionized the freedom women enjoyed from day to day and catapulted the Dress Reform Movement into the mainstream. This month I have had the privilege to work on an event for the Molly Brown [...]

Crimes of Fashion: The Civil War Hoop Skirt Smugglers

By | May 9th, 2020|Categories: Civil War, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

In my last blog post, I explored the light side of smuggling in the Victorian Era and the innovative ways that female entrepreneurs took full advantage of their women’s-only clothing to advance their position in the marketplace. During my research, I encountered many stories of Victorian women using their skirts for a different purpose: Civil [...]

Caption this! Welcome Victorian and Edwardian Spring 2020 and win $50

By | March 21st, 2020|Categories: Contests and Games, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Featured, Recollections, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , |

We welcome Spring this week with this caption contest. Your caption can be funny, thoughtful, or even a poem. Our panel of judges will choose from the entries to determine the winners. Each winner receives a $50 gift coupon to use on regularly-priced merchandise at our website! Enter your caption by midnight PT on Wednesday, [...]

Staying warm in the Victorian winter

By | January 14th, 2020|Categories: Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , , |

A few weeks ago I bought my first pair of snow boots and cannot believe the difference that they have made in my overall comfort this winter. I have recently moved to snowy Denver after five years in Australia and had to accept that my Converse Allstars aren’t really the best for walking around icy [...]

Recollections Connection: Liesa Joslin, Fashion Model

By | November 1st, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , |

Today we are making a connection Liesa Kelley Joslin, a fashion model for Recollections. Q. How long have you been a model for Recollections? A. Honestly, I'm not even sure because I've been doing it so long!  I would say at least 6-7 years?! Possibly more! Q. Is Recollections the only company you’ve modeled for? [...]

The Victorian Skirt – from Petticoats to Bustle: Part 1

By | April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , , , , |

Skirt Hems Widen through Creative Use of Petticoats As the Romantic era in fashion came to a close in the 1830s and evolved into what we consider Victorian era, emphasis returned to the natural waistline. Corsets were back in fashion and the ankle-length skirt took on a bell shape, becoming so full that numerous petticoats [...]

The Victorian Bodice – It’s All About the Waistline: Part 2

By | April 19th, 2016|Categories: Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   Bodice defines the Waistline 1870s to 1890s   At the beginning of the 1870s, most bodices extended to the natural waistline. A tunic (overskirt) was often fitted over the bodice using a belt featuring a large bow in the back. It was during this time that a detachable basque, or very [...]