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Civil War Styled Gown and  Lace Fichu
$249.95
Lenora Silk  Civil War Skirt
$129.95
Savannah Silk Victorian Gown
$299.95
Louisa Silk Victorian Gown
$359.95
Lenora Silk  Civil War Suit
$369.95
Selina Silk Victorian Dress
$359.95
Civil War Styled Cotton Dress
$179.95
Victorian Style Ball Gown
$229.95

The Civil War was one of the most tumultuous points in American history. Scholars continue to study it and its effect on our nation's current political climate. It is also the setting for many of the most popular novels and movies, such as famous favorites like Gone with the Wind. We know from these movies the ways in which Civil War dresses were structured. After all, the big hoop skirts and high necks were a signature of the southern belle style. Civil War dresses are important because they were the last era of the hoop skirt. After the Civil War, styles began changing. The bustle became more popular as the hoop skirt faded away.


Civil War dresses required many different pieces and parts in order to create one fully functional outfit. Corsets, crinolines, petticoats, camisoles, and hoops were all a part of everyday wear for women of the Victorian era. Styles were modest and simple, especially during the war. In fact, many of the real-life Civil War dresses would have been black because most of the women were in mourning for some man in their family who had fought. The Victorian codes for mourning were very strict, and it was disrespectful to wear certain colors before a designated time.


Let Recollections create your next Civil War dress for whatever reenactments or parties you have coming up. Our dresses are all handmade right here in the United States, and you can call us with any questions you may have about sizing or patterns. Your dress is in the best hands with Recollections. Get started building your Civil War dress collection today!

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