Historical - Victorian

This is a huge section, officially covering from 1837 to 1901. However, from a costume perspective, most people consider ‘Victorian’ to be the period from 1850 when Crinoline petticoats became popular. To begin with, gentlemen continued to wear the cutaway coat, but more normally with trousers rather than breeches (unless riding).

Later, the crinoline gave way to the bustle, while gentlemen went into frock coats with cravats. Black tail coats were worn for balls or evening functions. This was the time when music halls became hugely popular.

We have a range of outfits: Daydresses; evening dresses; servants; gentlemen; chimney sweeps and trollops! Think Oliver!; Les Miserable; Little Women; Jane Eyre.

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