We’ve been discussing what defines Early & Mid Victorian..

.. fashion.  So far we have discussed the corset (longer, cinching, different shape), the skirt (becoming assymetrical with fullness in the back and a smooth front), dyes (synthetic), methods (in home sewing machine), and designers (“Haute Couture” out of Paris creating “new” lines under directives of royalty like Eugenie of France influencing Victoria of England).

We also discussed culture – differences in Europe and America with class distinction, and sources – where did fabrics, trims, ideas come from.

Now we’ll go straight to the silhouettes and elements that make them.