Studying antique photos is an excellent way to learn about Victorian and Edwardian clothing. * Take note of the design of the dresses and gowns, the details of their jewelry and accessories, the style of their hair and sometimes best of all...their fabulous hats!
Albert & Queen Victoria - 1861
Fashions from 1810 to 1870
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For the discussion of fashion there are five periods
Pre-War Victorian ~ 1837 through 1859 Civil War ~ 1860 through 1866 Bustle ~ 1867 through 1889 Gay 90's ~ 1890 through 1900 Edwardian~ 1901 through 1919
Photos prior to the 1860 are grouped with the Civil War era.
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On the following pages you will see some of my favorite digital photos displaying unusual and exquisite authentic Victorian and Edwardian clothing, hats and accessories. * The digital photos that I have chosen for my website have been cropped from the original photo to better display the fashion of the time period and not the entire photograph.
~ An interesting note regarding old photographs~ I was told by a very reliable source that when a person is photographed with a book in their hand or on their lap it is meant to indicate literacy.