The Victorian era was a time of high morals, cultured manners, and
ultra feminine, luxurious apparel. While beautiful to gaze upon,
elaborate ensembles were hot, heavy, restrictive, and constricting to
the point of discomfort or even injury and disease. Revealed here are
the children’s and women’s clothing, including undergarments,
leisurewear, and street apparel from 1860 to 1900. Over 270 photographs
provide detailed images of Victorian garments, along with irrefutable
evidence of our stalwart ancestors’ burdensome apparel. Nineteenth
century photographs are supplemented by surviving examples of period
clothing, many picturing both the outside and inner construction. This
well-researched book not only describes the styles and the differences
between these women’s and children’s fashions, but also explores the
reasons women were willing to become such devoted slaves to dress and
the health hazards associated with their apparel. The text is based on
Victorian fashion, medical, etiquette, and advice literature.
There is even a photo taken right here in McGregor!