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Miss Kate Dress
$149.00
Mary Chestnut's Americana Victorian Cotton Dress
$164.00
Briar Rose Victorian Bustle Style Cotton Dress
$139.95
Eliza Victorian Dress
$153.00
Harper Victorian Pioneer Dress
$149.00
Anastasia Victorian Fancy Dress
$199.00
Victorian Styled Work Dress
$159.00
Margeaux Victorian Style Prairie Dress
$149.00
Mattie Victorian Style Dress
$149.00
Dickens Victorian Dress
$171.00
Georgie Victorian Dress
$159.00
Retta Victorian Dress
$159.95
Tara Civil War Styled Gown
$178.00
Katharine Victorian Style Dress
$145.00
Amy Lee Lace Cape Dress
$143.00
Civil War Victorian Style Dress
$179.95
Victorian Pioneer Ensemble
$209.00
Desidera Victorian Gown and Collar
$279.95
Charity Victorian Dress on sale
$119.00
Cintha Victorian Gown
$189.00
Elsa Victorian Dress
$149.00
Trinity Civil War Dress
$171.00
Trinity Dress and Cape
$230.00
Carrie Victorian Dress
$169.00
Fran's Frontier Pioneer Dress
$163.00
Jenna Victorian Dress
$159.95
Aileen Victorian Dress
$159.00
Blossom Summer Victorian Dress
$119.95
Maybelle Victorian Ensemble
$241.00
Summer Prairie Dress
$149.00
Misha Victorian Ensemble
$299.00
Belinda Victorian Ensemble
$219.00
Gwyneira Victorian Ensemble
$239.95
Holly Dickens Caroling Cape and Skirt
$182.00
Penelope Victorian Style Dress
$189.00
Green Gables Blouse and Skirt
$178.00
Rebecca Victorian Print Set
$187.00
Anouk Victorian Ensemble
$179.95
Jobeth Classic Victorian Gown
$189.00
Camille Victorian Style Dress
$159.00
Serenity Victorian Dress
$181.00
Romantic Era Cotton Dress  and Cape
$261.00
Kezia Cotton Prairie Dress
$159.00
Irenna Victorian Ensemble
$238.00
Althea Victorian Style Bustle Dress
$159.00
Helena Civil War Styled Gown
$225.00
Mazie Victorian Dress
$189.00
Blossom Dress and Cape Ensemble
$169.00
Victorian Prairie Dress
$171.00
Charlotte Victorian Velvet Dress
$239.00
Print Cotton Prairie Dress
$162.00
Tryphena Victorian Styled Cotton Print Dress
$169.00
Angelina Victorian Jacket and Skirt Ensemble
$299.95
Old West Victorian Suit
$229.95
Jessamine Victorian Dress
$379.00
Romantic Era Early Victorian Dress
$199.00
Gisele Victorian Dress
$236.00
Queen Victoria Gown
$249.95
Civil War Era Dress
$248.00
Dickens Victorian Corduroy Dress
$199.00
Sarah Emma Bolero Ensemble
$249.95
Abigail Victorian Gown
$169.95
Victorian Corduroy Suit
$219.95
Jacqueline Velvet Victorian Suit
$308.00
Miriannah Civil War Style Cotton Dress
$179.95
Bianca Cotton Print Victorian Style Dress
$163.00
Civil War Victorian Style Dress
$179.95
Beatrix Victorian Suit
$249.95
Carlotta Victorian Ensemble
$289.95
Adella Victorian Style Dress
$199.00
Victorian Styled Work Dress - in stock
$159.00
Larksong Victorian Civil War Style Gown
$219.00
Miss Sue's Summer Civil War Dress
$205.00
Candace Victorian Dress
$189.95
Creamy Lace Ensemble
$239.95
Tirra Festive Victorian Suit
$229.00
Miss Julia's Hoop Skirt Dress
$207.00
Josephine Victorian Style Dress
$181.00
Darla's Victorian Day Dress
$166.00
Roxa Classic Print Victorian Dress
$172.00
Mary Carolin' Red Victorian Suit
$199.00
Raspberry Victorian Style Prairie Dress - in stock
$149.00
Nellie Lovett Victorian Red Stripe Dress
$299.95
Civil War Era Jacket
$139.00

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!