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Tara Civil War Styled Gown
Dickens Victorian Dress
Penelope Victorian Style Dress
Mary Chestnut's Americana Victorian Cotton Dress
Romantic Era Cotton Dress  and Cape
Carrie Victorian Dress
Harper Victorian Pioneer Dress
Briar Rose  Bustle Style Cotton Dress
Georgie Victorian Dress
Corrina Victorian Bustle Dress
Holly Dickens Caroling Cape and Skirt
Miss Kate Dress
Misha Victorian Ensemble
Irenna Victorian Ensemble
Eliza Victorian Dress
Katharine Victorian Style Dress
Gwyneira Victorian Ensemble
Blossom Summer Victorian Dress
Mimosa Victorian Ensemble
Jessamine Victorian Dress
Helena Civil War Styled Gown
Gisele Victorian Dress
Adella Victorian Style Dress
Perdita Edwardian Gown
Anastasia Victorian Fancy Dress
Retta Victorian Dress
Jenna Victorian Dress
Serenity Victorian Dress
Carlotta Victorian Ensemble
Victorian Styled Work Dress
Aileen Victorian Dress
Trinity Dress and Cape
Trinity Civil War Dress
Margeaux Victorian Style Prairie Dress
Victorian Pioneer Ensemble
Blossom Dress and Cape Ensemble
Green Gables Blouse and Skirt
Madison Victorian Polonaise - Jacket only
Charity Victorian Dress
Lilly Edwardian Blouse and Skirt
Cintha Victorian Gown
Jobeth Classic Victorian Gown
Civil War Victorian Style Dress
Mazie Victorian Dress
Civil War Era Dress
Fran's Frontier Pioneer Dress
Anouk Victorian Ensemble
Summer Prairie Dress
Angelina Victorian Jacket and Skirt Ensemble
Camille Victorian Style Dress
Kezia Cotton Prairie Dress
Tryphena Victorian Styled Cotton Print Dress
Natasha Print Cotton Prairie Dress
Mattie Victorian Style Dress
Villa Victorian Dress
Candace Victorian Dress
Abigail Victorian Gown
Josephine Victorian Style Dress
Victorian Prairie Dress
Nellie Lovett Victorian Red Stripe Dress
Jacqueline Velvet Victorian Suit
Rebecca Victorian Print Set
Tirra Festive Victorian Suit
Mary Carolin' Red Victorian Suit
Dickens Victorian Corduroy Dress
Queen Victoria Gown
Bianca Cotton Print Victorian Style Dress
Christmas Victorian Print Dress
Larksong Victorian Civil War Style Gown with velvet trim
Miriannah Civil War Style Cotton Dress
Civil War Victorian Style Dress
Roxa Classic Print Victorian Dress
Romantic Era Early Victorian Dress
Charlotte Victorian Velvet Dress
Victorian Corduroy Suit
Amy Lee Lace Cape Dress
Althea Victorian Style Bustle Dress
Maybelle Victorian Ensemble
Old West Victorian Suit
Sarah Emma Bolero Ensemble
Civil War Era Jacket
Belinda Victorian Ensemble
Darla's Victorian Day Dress
Miss Sue's Summer Civil War Dress
Miss Julia's Hoop Skirt Dress
Nicolette Classic Victorian Gown
Rosie Victorian Print Set
19th Century Doctor Civil War Bloomer Twill Pants
19th Century Doctor Civil War Bloomer Ensemble
Trish Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
Suki Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
Lisbeth Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
Sandra Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
Mona Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
Jayne Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton Dress
Beryl Print Prairie Cottage Core Pioneer Vintage Style Cotton 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!