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Historic Costumes for Stage, Pageants, Festivals, Masquerades and Holiday Fun

Victorian Fashion

The 63 year reign of Britain's Queen Victoria gave rise to three distinct periods of fashion, often mirroring the life and times of the Queen herself.

The Romantic Period lasted from 1837 to 1861. Queen Victoria was, at the time, a style-conscious young monarch and a wife and mother who was deeply in love with her husband. It is said she adored jewelry! Full-skirted, long-sleeved dresses were worn with petticoats and often featured lace collars. For the younger and more daring, low-cut, wide necklines were the style. Bonnets covered the hair by day.

When Prince Albert died suddenly in 1861, Queen Victoria went into mourning, and the world and it's fashions went with her. This launched the Grand period, which lasted until around 1880. Black came in vogue, but styles made up in "fru fru" what they lacked in color, as skirts took on hoops, crinolines, trains, bustles, ruffles and fringe! In 1856, the first synthetic dye was developed -initially in mauve, leading to a plethora of purple clothing. Bright colors became popular through the 1870's. Jewelry was worn in abundance, even by working-class women.

The final period of the Victorian era, the Aesthetic period, lasted from the 1880's until Victoria's death in 1901. Fashions of this era were influenced not by the queen herself, but by her young daughter-in-law, Princess Alexandra. Clothing became less frilly, lighter fabrics replaced heavy velvets. Lace, "leg-o-mutton" and balloon sleeves, and high, tight collars were typical. As clothing grew simpler, hats blossomed into huge, extravagant affairs. The modest bonnet was replaced by wide brimmed hats, resplendent with feathers, lace, ribbons, flowers and bows. These weighty contraptions were, by necessity, secured to the head by long, decorative hat pins!

See also: Steampunk costumes.

Dickens Lady Costume

Dickens Lady Costume

$89.95  $58.94

This amazing piece comes with a panne velvet sk... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Victorian Cape Costume

Victorian Cape Costume

$49.95  $33.10

Black Knee Length Cloak with Arm It's a black k... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Abe Lincoln Adult Costume

Abe Lincoln Adult Costume

$73.90  $37.80

This costume set includes Stovepipe hat, beard,... [Read more]

Brand: Forum Novelties

Southern Belle Costume

Southern Belle Costume

$77.95  $51.14

Southern Belle 4 pc Costume. Poly/satin blouse,... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Southern Belle Costume

Southern Belle Costume

$71.25  $23.90

Dress in this beautiful Southern Belle Costume ... [Read more]

Brand: Fun World

Blossom Southern Belle Costume

Blossom Southern Belle Costume

$48.05

The Southern Belle Adult Costume includes a dar... [Read more]

Brand: Forum Novelties

Victorian Rose Child Costume

Victorian Rose Child Costume

$66.41  $37.87

This costume includes a pink Victorian dress. D... [Read more]

Brand: Forum Novelties

Civil War Union Soldier Costume

Civil War Union Soldier Costume

$41.76

Civil War Union Soldier Costume includes blue t... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Dickens Dress

Dickens Dress

$213.00  $85.92

Costume set includes Crushed velvet skirt with ... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Jacket Mr. Dickens Costume

Jacket Mr. Dickens Costume

$79.95  $52.44

The Frock coat was worn from the 1860's to the ... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Civil War Union Officer Adult Costume

Civil War Union Officer Adult Costume

$87.41  $36.96

Perfect for civil war events and productions. B... [Read more]

Brand: Forum Novelties

Kids Civil War Soldier Costume

Kids Civil War Soldier Costume

$44.99

\r\n\tDefend your country in the Civil War Sold... [Read more]

Brand: Spirit Halloween

Steampunk Victorian Lady Costume

Steampunk Victorian Lady Costume

$80.01  $43.05

Get ready for adventure in this gorgeous Steamp... [Read more]

Brand: Forum Novelties

Adult Victorian Vampiress Plus Size Costume

Adult Victorian Vampiress Plus Size Costume

$49.99

\r\n\tYou won't need any help finding victims t... [Read more]

Brand: Spirit Halloween

Dickens Cape

Dickens Cape

$38.04

A very dressy black long polyester cape that ti... [Read more]

Brand: Morris

Scarlette Ohara Nightgown Costume

Scarlette Ohara Nightgown Costume

$111.13

The costume includes: Nightgown with lace trimm... [Read more]

Brand: Rubies

Victorian Santa Costume

Victorian Santa Costume

$195.00  $118.78

Velvet cape and caplet with long hair border an... [Read more]

Brand: Halco

Dickens Christmas Dress Costume

Dickens Christmas Dress Costume

$139.95  $92.95

This luxurious velvet costume includes Blouse S... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Victorian Vampiress Velvet Plus Costume

Victorian Vampiress Velvet Plus Costume

$21.66

Become a blood-sucking beauty this Halloween wi... [Read more]

Brand: Fun World

Civil War Union Officer Costume

Civil War Union Officer Costume

$99.95  $68.68

Civil War Union Officer Blue Jacket and Pants. ... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Adult Victorian Steampunk Costume

Adult Victorian Steampunk Costume

$89.99

\r\n\tEmbrace the fantastical world of adventur... [Read more]

Brand: Spirit Halloween

Adult Scarlett O'Hara Curtain Dress Costume - Gone with the Wind

Adult Scarlett O'Hara Curtain Dress Costume - Gone with the Wind

$189.99

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Brand: Spirit Halloween

Scarlett Costume

Scarlett Costume

$113.95  $58.77

Scarlet Costume has satin skirt and peasant sty... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Can-Can in Paris Adult Plus Costume

Can-Can in Paris Adult Plus Costume

$89.85  $57.11

This costume includes a corset dress with multi... [Read more]

Brand: Dreamgirl

Can-can cutie Adult Costume

Can-can cutie Adult Costume

$77.90  $33.07

The costume includes dress with belt, feather h... [Read more]

Brand: Disguise

Victorian-120, Womens Victorian Boots

Victorian-120, Womens Victorian Boots

$51.95  $35.64

2 3/4" Slim silhouette heel Shaft measures... [Read more]

Brand: PleaserUSA

418RUTH Victorian Adult Boots

418RUTH Victorian Adult Boots

$101.58  $22.02

These Ruth Victorian Boots are calf-length boot... [Read more]

Brand: Ellie Shoes

VICTORIAN-35, 2 3/4 Inch Kitten Heel Front Lace Up Ankle Boot

VICTORIAN-35, 2 3/4 Inch Kitten Heel Front Lace Up Ankle Boot

$45.95  $32.54

2 3/4" Kitten heel Front lace-up Ankle boot [Read more]

Brand: PleaserUSA

VICTORIAN-123, Spectator Mid-Calf Boots

VICTORIAN-123, Spectator Mid-Calf Boots

$57.95  $39.08

2 3/4" Kitten heel Mid-calf boot Faux butt... [Read more]

Brand: PleaserUSA

Quality Suede Leather Civil War Cap

Quality Suede Leather Civil War Cap

$50.00  $38.93

Includes suede leather Cap with with authentic ... [Read more]

Brand: Morris

Blue Econo Civil War Hat

Blue Econo Civil War Hat

$26.00  $18.98

Durable felt officer's hat. One size. Brim 3 in... [Read more]

Brand: Rasta Imposta

Civil War Officer Adult Hat

Civil War Officer Adult Hat

$58.00  $33.89

Quality Civil War' hat in blue or gray with aut... [Read more]

Brand: Dorfman Pacific

Quality Stovepipe Lincoln Hat

Quality Stovepipe Lincoln Hat

$63.00  $36.98

In the Lincoln' tradition is this fine quality ... [Read more]

Brand: Dorfman Pacific

Hat Civil War, Union Kepi

Hat Civil War, Union Kepi

$20.40  $10.20

Features brass tone buttons, leatherette brim a... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Southern Belle Wig

Southern Belle Wig

$24.00  $17.18

SOUTHERN BELLE WIG [Read more]

Brand: RG Costumes

Dickens Lady Bonnet

Dickens Lady Bonnet

$24.95  $18.94

Every lady wore a hat during the Victorian era.... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Dickens Caroler Capelet

Dickens Caroler Capelet

$15.95  $13.82

Panne velvet. ITEMS PICTURED (SOLD SEPARATELY):... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

Hat Dickens Caroler

Hat Dickens Caroler

$29.30  $14.65

Don this Hat Dickens Caroler and you look like ... [Read more]

Brand: Alexanders

VICTORIAN-30, 2 3/4" Flaired Heel Lace Up Ankle Bootie

VICTORIAN-30, 2 3/4" Flaired Heel Lace Up Ankle Bootie

$59.95  $39.09

2 3/4" Flaired heel 1" Platform Lace-... [Read more]

Brand: PleaserUSA

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