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How to get the Victorian Look...

This page changes content daily to help those of you wishing to get the correct Victorian fashion, Victorian style. You need the appropriate Victorian silhouette and authentic period effect of the details, but, just don't know where to begin...You just realize you have an important Victorian event coming up, and you haven't a thing to wear! You need a great Victorian Costume!

Ball Gown CostumeThis 1880 Ball Gown Fashion Plate was the inspiration for the gown made by Alethea Sayers.

First: Analyze event. What's the time period to be? Victorian Dickens Fair (1850's-1869?) hoop skirts and dancing? An 1870's play, and the heroine travels overseas? A Halloween Gothic Ball? A movie where an actress plays an aristocrat presented to Queen Victoria? Think: will the event be indoors, but active (dancing) or, outside facing the elements, such as wind, rain or snow? How "correct" will your outfit need to be in details?

Second: Do research to determine what Victorian outfits was worn for the time frame you are going for. What inspires your desire? Are you portraying a debutante "coming out" in white silk or satin, a lacy Victorian bride, a Victorian heiress decked in a purple silk velvet promenade outfit, or a classy couture laden Victorian socialite, or a Gold Rush madame? Victorian movies, Fashion plates (Godey's Ladies Book, Peterson's, Frank Leslie's, Delineator, besides others can be a rich resource for Victorian Costume ideas. Many Victorian images can be found for free online.). Also check out photos of famous Victorian actresses and celebrities, books (check out the lives of Sarah Berharndt, Lillie Langtry, and the works of Charles Fredrick Worth, Paul Poiret, Fortuny, Madeleine Vionnet, and Alphonse Mucha for inspiration) find vintage sketches, Victorian photos, postcards, artworks and more.

Third: Now that you've decided upon an inspiration for your Victorian costume, you've also weighed your options. Making a Victorian gown yourself takes much time, expertise, and expense buying the correct fabrics, threads, bodice boning, bodice trims and Victorian style patterns. Determining correct outside fashion fabric, linings/ facings and trims can be tricky to lay right, and look the part. You've decided and concluded that your best (and the safest) choice is to go with a having a Victorian Costume made professionally, by a seamstress specializing in costuming Victorian Reproduction Clothing. So now, you are well dressed, in a beautiful, well made Victorian outfit, and in time for your event. So what next? What other items might you require to get the correct Victorian look for your costume? (Items shown below are examples of past examples from our artists, so possibly an item displayed may be a custom order or not be currently available for sale.)

Anatomy of a Victorian Ball Gown Costume

Below is our suggestions of the day to put together a magnificent Victorian Ball Gown Outfit from our artisans!

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Victorian style bonnet Victorian Style Costume Hats
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Victorian Bustle Gown Costume Alethea Sayers Sass Victorian Costumes
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Victorian Avant garde Photo shoot images wearing a Christine Hall creation by Prize winning artist Darla Teagarden by Christine Hall 09-30-2010

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