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Charlotte Victorian Velvet Dress
$249.00
Old West Victorian Suit
$229.00
Victorian Prairie Dress
$171.00
Mimosa Victorian Ensemble
$329.00
Tryphena Victorian Styled Cotton Print Dress
$169.00
Angelina Victorian Jacket and Skirt Ensemble
$308.00
Perdita Edwardian Gown
$239.00
Queen Victoria Gown
$249.00
Gisele Victorian Dress
$236.00
Jessamine Victorian Dress
$379.00
Jacqueline Velvet Victorian Suit
$320.00
Dickens Victorian Corduroy Dress
$199.00
Abigail Victorian Gown
$169.95
Trish Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
$155.00
Civil War Era Dress
$248.00
Sarah Emma Bolero Ensemble
$248.00
Civil War Victorian Style Dress
$179.00
Victorian Corduroy Suit
$219.95
Bianca Cotton Print Victorian Style Dress
$163.00
Miriannah Civil War Style Cotton Dress
$183.00
Adella Victorian Style Dress
$199.00
Sandra Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
$155.00
Carlotta Victorian Ensemble
$289.95
Larksong Victorian Civil War Style Gown with velvet trim
$219.00
Josephine Victorian Style Dress
$181.00
Miss Sue's Summer Civil War Dress
$205.00
Candace Victorian Dress
$189.95
Tirra Festive Victorian Suit
$229.00
Miss Julia's Hoop Skirt Dress
$207.00
Christmas Victorian Print Dress
$173.00
Suki Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
$155.00
Hazel Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
$189.00
Jayne Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
$158.00
Darla's Victorian Day Dress
$166.00
Mary Carolin' Red Victorian Suit
$238.00
Roxa Classic Print Victorian Dress
$172.00
Elsa Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer 1883 Vintage Style Cotton Dress
$175.00
Marnie Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
$151.00
Beryl Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
$175.00
Mona Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
$149.00
Nellie Lovett Victorian Red Stripe Dress
$319.00
Nicolette Classic Victorian Gown
$259.00
Pioneer Prairie Cottage Core Vintage Style Cotton Dress
$189.00
Gwyneth Victorian Lace trimmed Gown with Puffed sleeves
$206.00
Naomi Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer 1883  Cotton Dress
$209.00
Dahlia Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
$154.00
19th Century Doctor Civil War Bloomer Ensemble
$478.00
Rosie Victorian Print Set
$196.00

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!