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Tara Civil War Styled Gown
$173.00
Dickens Victorian Dress
$171.00
Penelope Victorian Style Dress
$189.00
Mary Chestnut's Americana Victorian Cotton Dress
$159.95
Romantic Era Cotton Dress  and Cape
$229.95
Carrie Victorian Dress
$149.95
Harper Victorian Pioneer Dress
$139.95
Briar Rose Victorian Bustle Style Cotton Dress
$139.95
Desidera Victorian Gown and Collar
$279.95
Georgie Victorian Dress
$159.95
Holly Dickens Caroling Cape and Skirt
$182.00
Miss Kate Dress
$139.95
Misha Victorian Ensemble
$299.00
Irenna Victorian Ensemble
$238.00
Eliza Victorian Dress
$139.95
Katharine Victorian Style Dress
$129.00
Gwyneira Victorian Ensemble
$239.95
Blossom Summer Victorian Dress
$119.95
Jessamine Victorian Dress
$379.00
Helena Civil War Styled Gown
$219.95
Gisele Victorian Dress
$236.00
Adella Victorian Style Dress
$199.00
Anastasia Victorian Fancy Dress
$199.00
Retta Victorian Dress
$159.95
Jenna Victorian Dress
$159.95
Serenity Victorian Dress
$189.95
Carlotta Victorian Ensemble
$289.95
Victorian Styled Work Dress
$149.00
Aileen Victorian Dress
$159.95
Trinity Dress and Cape
$184.00
Trinity Civil War Dress
$171.00
Margeaux Victorian Style Prairie Dress
$147.00
Victorian Pioneer Ensemble
$209.00
Green Gables Blouse and Skirt
$178.00
Charity Victorian Dress on sale
$119.00
Elsa Victorian Dress
$149.95
Cintha Victorian Gown
$189.00
Jobeth Classic Victorian Gown
$189.00
Civil War Victorian Style Dress
$179.95
Mazie Victorian Dress
$189.00
Civil War Era Dress
$248.00
Fran's Frontier Pioneer Dress
$130.00
Anouk Victorian Ensemble
$179.95
Summer Prairie Dress
$119.00
Angelina Victorian Jacket and Skirt Ensemble
$299.95
Camille Victorian Style Dress
$159.00
Kezia Cotton Prairie Dress
$159.00
Tryphena Victorian Styled Cotton Print Dress
$159.95
Print Cotton Prairie Dress
$159.00
Mattie Victorian Style Dress
$139.95
Candace Victorian Dress
$189.95
Abigail Victorian Gown
$169.95
Josephine Victorian Style Dress
$179.95
Victorian Prairie Dress
$136.00
Beatrix Victorian Suit
$249.95
Nellie Lovett Victorian Red Stripe Dress
$299.95
Jacqueline Velvet Victorian Suit
$269.95
Rebecca Victorian Print Set
$187.00
Tirra Festive Victorian Suit
$229.00
Mary Carolin' Red Victorian Suit
$199.00
Dickens Victorian Corduroy Dress
$199.95
Queen Victoria Gown
$249.95
Bianca Cotton Print Victorian Style Dress
$163.00
Christmas Victorian Print Dress
$174.00
Larksong Victorian Civil War Style Gown
$219.00
Miriannah Civil War Style Cotton Dress
$179.95
Civil War Victorian Style Dress
$179.95
Roxa Classic Print Victorian Dress
$172.00
Romantic Era Early Victorian Dress
$199.95
Charlotte Victorian Velvet Dress
$239.00
Victorian Corduroy Suit
$219.95
Amy Lee Lace Cape Dress
$136.00
Althea Victorian Style Bustle Dress
$159.95
Creamy Lace Ensemble
$239.95
Maybelle Victorian Ensemble
$241.00
Old West Victorian Suit
$229.95
Sarah Emma Bolero Ensemble
$249.95
Civil War Era Jacket
$139.00
Belinda Victorian Ensemble
$175.00
Darla's Victorian Day Dress
$132.00

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!