Today we move on from the Georgian and Regency periods to one of the most romantic eras in history – the Victorian era. Beginning in 1837, when Queen Victoria ascended the throne of England, and ending in 1901, this period was one of great prosperity for the British people.
The fashions of the era were often accented with lace and ribbon, and skirts were made full with hoops and petticoats and flounces. Bodices often bared the shoulders, sometimes featured elaborate sleeves, and cinched in ladies’ waists to impossible sizes. Gloves were often worn, as were ribbon-bedecked bonnets. Heavy silks and satins in bold colors were popular.
In the later Victorian era, large hoopskirts went out of fashion and narrow skirts with large bustles came in. Princess-line dresses became very popular. Choker necklaces and jeweled collars were also in style, made fashionable by Alexandra, Princess of Wales. It is interesting to note that this is the era in which the white wedding gown was introduced. When Queen Victoria chose to be married in a white dress, it set the stage for all women of fashion. The tradition took even stronger hold in America when Grace Kelly wore a stunning white gown to her wedding.
Designers who have created dresses similar to those of the Victorian Era include www.priscillaofboston.com and www.platinumgown.com. Add a jeweled collar and satin gloves for extra flair! Your bridesmaids should be dressed similarly – with collars and gloves and their hair pinned up.
The makeup should be fair and simple, with pale cheeks and smooth creamy skin. Light lipstick and a loose, curly coiffure is perfect for hair.
Your tableware could be styled with Victorian china. Décor ought to reflect the tastes of the period – somewhat extravagant. Think of doing large vases overflowing with mixed flowers and embroidered linen napkins.
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