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Victoria comes to the throne after the death of William IV

Victoria became queen at the age of 18 after the death of her uncle, William IV. She reigned for more than 60 years, longer than any other British monarch. Her reign was a period of significant social, economic and technological change, which saw the expansion of Britain's industrial power and of the British empire.

Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' is published

Charles Dickens was one of the greatest Victorian novelists. 'Oliver Twist' was, like many of Dickens' other novels, originally published in serial form and brought to public attention contemporary social evils. Dickens' other works included 'The Pickwick Papers', 'A Christmas Carol', 'David Copperfield' and 'Great Expectations'.

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I love all these old photos, its rare to find photos of women with their hair down.

I can’t believe it woman with her hair cut short not were I’m. From W.v 1960 Mohawk.DOOLEY

I like them all, and its interesting to see these women with their hair down. It would be interesting to try these hairstyles myself, since I am an enthusiast when it comes to the Victorian Era.

I just wrote an article about Victorian hairstyles in contemporary looks for Thai audience and found some inspiration in this wonderfully written article, really thanks for it!

Amazing Photo collection of long hairstyles..It’s like priceless.
Love that hairstyles.

I edit for a historical clothing expert of international repute, Dr. Carma de Jong Anderson. In all her descriptions of 1800s hair, she insists that DURING that era, what we call a “bun” was called a “bob.” The short haircut we now call a bob, didn’t exist in the 1800s, and a “bob” was a bun or a chignon. Does anybody, anywhere have a source that backs up the “bun” as a “bob” during the 1800s? I would be desperately glad for an answer, as Google doesn’t have one.

Read 1 corinthians 11:15. Actually read 1 corinthians 11:1-16. Before the 1920s most of the woman had long hair, because of this versus, after the 1920s women became more liberal and independent, more away from God.

Love the Gibson girl look. I keep trying to do it as my hair gets longer. I love the Victorian age. I was born too late but I still imitate as much as I can. I am an older lady so I can do whatever suits my fancy.

Brilliant and hilarious! Cheers for the great new hair do and laugh.

I could relate to the comment about rats in the hair and using a small jar to receive loose hair.I was born in 1951,the generation that used a ‘rattail’comb to ‘rat’the top of my hair to acheive fulness or make it stay in place.I have never heard of the word ratts and it’s meaning.I had never questioned why we used the verb ‘rat’when we styled our hour.I googled the word ratts and no such word was found.
My aunt once showed me a jar she kept on her dressing table.She said it was a hair receiver and was used to receive or collect hair.At the time it did not occur to me to ask what the hair was used for.But over the years I think about that little fancy jar and the hair it collected and I would assume that the hair was used to make pin cushins.My grandmother did a lot of sewing and made a lot of decorative pincushions out of empty tuna fish cans.She used cotton to stuff them but I assumed she would have used human hair if available as I had always heard hair was great for keeping the needles sharp.I have even tried to make a human hair pin cushion to see if it worked to keep needles sharp.In the decades following my Aunt’s remark I would ponder the the beauty of that little glass jar and I would ofton wonder if hair receivers was a common place item to be found on the dressing tables of women of the 1920 generation.I know my Mom certainly never used one.
The reason I visited this website was because I stated thinking about my grandmother and how she wore her hair.Granny lived to be 101 years old and in all that time she had one hairstyle that never changed.I only saw her with her hair loose and hanging down her shoulders one time early in the morning soon after washing her hair.I was pretty impressed with the lenght.What I should have been impressed about was the fact that her hair always was exactly the same and nice and neat with never a hair out of place.I remember that she used weird old fashioned bobby pins and her hair was rolled in a bun.Granny would put on a small hat on Sunday’s and it would be enough to give a little height on top.I might give the bun style a try,I dont have the patience or stamina to hold my arms above my head to use a hot brush And curlers are so out of style, But I shall have to wait on the bun,I recently cut all my long hair off in a fit of displeasure of not being able to be old and have long hair.

I would choose the Gibson Girl look. It’s so elegant! They certainly embraced their feminity.
Love them!

Victorian Outerwear & Underwear

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“Sexual congress ought not to take place more frequently than once in seven or ten days,” advised Dr. William Acton. If that seems unsatisfying, Dr. Acton has the solution: “When my opinion is asked by patients whose natural desires are strong, I advise those wishing to control their passions to indulge in intercourse twice on the same night.”

Did your mother ever tell you to wait 30 minutes after eating before swimming? Probably. Did she tell you, like Dr. Jefferis and Mr. Nichols, that “intercourse should be absolutely avoided just before or after meals?” Probably not.


Color Scheme: Mulberry and Fawn

The favored wall style was divided into three sections. A decorative frieze would fall at the top just under the ceiling. A picture rail and a chair rail would separate out the center section where portraits, chromolithographs, and mirrors would be hung from cords. Under the chair rail would be the remainder of the wall, known as the dado.

The mass production of wall paper encouraged Victorians to create affordable, yet lush, wall surfaces. The frieze could be bordered with wallpaper or stenciled. The mid-section would have larger designs such as medallions, acanthus leaves, animals, or florals. Finally, the dado would have its own distinctive look and be covered in wood paneling, faux marble, or an embossed wall covering. Doors, trim, and cornices could be varnished for ease of cleaning but were oftentimes painted or wood grained first.

Pictures from the Victorian era, showing fashion history of typical female swimwear at the seaside.

Victorian bathing suits and Edwardian swimming costumes for ladies.

1870. Book Extract on female needle occupations.

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Christening Dress

Etiquette and fashion history of Victorian Christening Gowns. Pictures of Victorian clothes.

Mourning Dress

A brief look at the etiquette and fashion history of mourning dress from the Victorian era.

Victorian Interior Design Style, History, and How to Create a Modern Victorian Design

Ranging from the 1830s to the 1900s, the Victorian era was a time of innovation and creativity. As technology made mass production and global communication possible, interior design went from being a hobby for the rich to a part of everyday life for the common person. Known for its ornate and elaborate decor, Victorian-era design continues to have an influence on modern design ideas.

A History of Victorian Interior Design

Understanding the cultural and technological changes of the Victorian era provides a lot of fascinating insight into how the period’s interior design developed. One of the biggest influences on Victorian design was the industrial age. As factories gained the ability to easily and cheaply create furniture, art, and fabric, common decorative arts became a lot more accessible to the common person. This led to the characteristic “busy” look of Victorian design. For the first time in their lives, people were able to get all the beautiful objects they wanted, so they stuffed their homes with furniture, hung art on every wall, and loaded down every shelf, sideboard, and table with decorative items.

Another big change that influenced Victorian design was new painting and dying technology. For centuries, all the color in a home came from vegetable-based dyes that had soft, muted, earth-toned colors. However, in the Victorian era, aniline dyes were invented that could create strong colors like deep purples and glowing yellows. Thanks to new printing and weaving techniques, these strong colors could be used to craft stunning plaids, stripes, and florals. These trendy new designs quickly showed up in wallpapers, curtains, and upholstery, leading to cheerful, colorful homes for Victorian people.

Victorian design was also heavily influenced by increasing globalization and communication. The design moved from just being a way to showcase wealth and turned into a way of showcasing one’s personal style. Thanks to new publications like The Ladies Home Journal, the idea of design trends, with the various decor being “in” or “out” for each season, started to develop. Trends traveled all over the world, with motifs from cultures like Egypt, Greece, and Asia becoming popular. People started to create distinctive interior styles, like Arts and Crafts or the Aesthetic movement, to show off their style.

Characteristics of Victorian Decor

So what did the average Victorian home look like? The period involved a lot of focus on trendiness and individualism, so there was a lot of change and variety. However, certain distinctive features show up again and again in Victorian homes. Here are some of the key hallmarks of Victorian design.


The first step towards any authentic Victorian design colored. In the earlier parts of the era, dark, jewel tones like burgundy, emerald green, navy blue, and deep brown were popular. These shades were useful because most homes were heated by coal fires, and the dark colors hid any lingering smoke and ash. Towards later periods, when cleaner gas lighting became possible, brighter colors and pastels became trendy. Most people think of darker, muted colors when they picture Victorian color palettes, but bright shades can be just as appropriate as long as they are used with Victorian-style furniture and decor.


Victorian furniture tended to have a lot of excess ornamentation. Many pieces had gilt, mother of pearl, or cloisonne insets to add color and interest to the pieces, and they were often carved very decoratively. There was no single dominant style of furniture though. Some people loved European rococo furniture, with its delicate, frilly lines. Others leaned towards Arts and Crafts style designs that had bulky, geometric designs meant to reference Tudor era furniture.

Architectural Features

It is impossible to talk about Victorian design without mentioning architectural features. Many people embellished their homes with decor like elaborately carved crown molding or built-in bookcases. Decorative wainscoting paneling was also very common, along with stained glass and wrought ironwork. Wood was one of the most popular materials, used for a lot of architectural features that pulled together decor.

Flooring and Wall Materials

One of the biggest trends in Victorian interior design was wall decoration. Many people applied wallpapers, particularly those with elaborate floral, leaf, and vine patterns. Another popular option was painting walls to create faux marble or wood-grained finishes. Victorian flooring further emphasized the era’s love for pattern and ornamentation. Wood was the most common flooring, with many homes having parquet wood patterns. Often, people covered wood floors with woven rugs to add more visual interest and warmth. Starting around the mid-1800s, tile became popular. Most Victorian tiled floors had a border around the edge with a repeating geometric design in the middle.


Of course, the finishing touch in any Victorian home was the decor itself. Just about every surface, from furniture to fireplace mantles, tended to be covered with decorative objects. Windows had beautiful, fabric drapes, couches were covered in delicately embroidered cushions, and doilies and vases were on every flat surface. Victorians were all about greenery, with potted plants, particularly palms and ferns, being trendy. Wall art was especially popular, with new photography and printing techniques making it easy for people to have portraits of relatives, landscape paintings, and other images hung everywhere in carefully organized layouts.

How to Create a Modern Victorian Design

Right now, a lot of Victorian design features are actually very trendy. As people move away from the minimalist designs of the 2010s, a lot of Victorian styles are starting to pop up. So how do you incorporate elements of Victorian design without looking like your living room is straight out of Queen Victoria’s time? Here are some tips for adding Victorian flair to home while still making it look modern and fresh.

Mix Up Upholstery Styles

Those who love the curves and carving of Victorian furniture need to carefully look at their upholstery choices if they want to avoid things looking stuffy. Picking modern designs, like sleek stripes, for upholstery on Victorian style furniture can be a great way to modernize these pieces. Another option is using more modern furniture with clean lines but upholstering the furniture in Victorian patterns like floral or damask.

Experiment With Wallpaper

Wallpaper is actually one of the biggest interior design trends for 2020, and many modern designers are taking notes straight from the Victorian playbook. Patterns made by the Victorian designer William Morris are especially popular right now. They can look great when you balance the ornate wallpaper with minimalist fixtures and decor.

Add a Gallery Wall

The Victorian style of covering walls in pictures can look great in a modern living room. The key to making it look contemporary is simply being selective with your art. Blending older Victorian pieces with some abstract art or quirky wall hangings can look fun and fresh.

Add Architectural Details

A lot of the character of Victorian design came from the rooms themselves. Parquetry or patterned tiled floors, wainscoting, built-in shelving, and carved moldings provide a lovely Victorian style backdrop to newer furniture.

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Men’s Shoes & Boots

High boots, reaching just below the knee with a curving top, were known as Hessians, and with a straight plain top as Wellingtons. These still continued in wear for walking, but the shorter half-boot forms were more usual. The commonest form of the half-boot was the Blucher, a half-length Wellington, with front lacing. From 1837, boots with elastic gussets at the side were worn, and men also wore boots with leather toes and cloth tops, with side lacing, matching those worn by women. After 1850, long boots disappeared except for riding. The leather and cloth boots with side lacing also disappeared, but the elastic-sided boot continued to be worn and did not entirely disappear from old-fashioned use until the end of the

century. Button boots, which had appeared in the late 1830s, became fairly common in the 1860s, and they were particularly fashionable in the 1870s and 1880s. The front lacing boots from the late 1860s might have metal hooks instead of holes at the top, to hold the laces.

At the beginning of the period, there were two types of shoe: one the dress shoe, which was a light low-heeled pump with a low front and the other a shoe with latchets and lacing over the front, which was low-heeled but still suggestive of the style of the eighteenth century. In the late 1840s, a shoe with lacing up the front appeared. Buttoned shoes came into use with buttoned boots in the 1860s and were worn during the 1870s and 1880s. Boots were, however, still the usual wear until the end of the century.

Boots and shoes were square-toed and rather long and narrow in shape at the beginning of the reign. They became wider in the 1860s at the same time the toe rounded a little, and then during the 1880s became pointed. This change of shaping came to the boots and shoes of men and women alike.

Stockings were usually knee-length at the beginning of the period. They were white, black, speckled or striped, and were made of silk, wool or cotton. During the century they grew shorter. Gaiters might be worn in the country in the first half of the period, and short gaiters or spats, which covered the ankle only, were fashionable town wear from the 1870s to the end of the century.

Victorian Men’s Sports Clothing

The fashions of men are more influenced by the occasion of wearing, less by the precise moment of time at which they are worn, than women’s. Evening dress preserved the early coat style with square cut-away front to the end of the period and beyond. Riding dress also kept this form until the 1850s. The early nineteenth-century coat with curving cut-away, known as the Newmarket coat, was, on the other hand, used first for riding, and then in the 1850s came into use as the morning coat. For riding, trousers of white cord were much worn in the first half of the period for hunting, breeches continued to be used. The hunting coat was usually a short frock coat of scarlet cloth, although green was still worn at the beginning of the period. Shooting jackets were, at first, short frock coats, and then the shorter lounge jacket. Both forms are distinguished by a number of visible pockets.

1863 walking, shooting and traveling suits

The Norfolk jacket was also a fashion for shooting in the 1860s and, unlike the lounge jacket, never left the country. For cricket and tennis, short jackets with patch pockets were worn. These jackets, which were often brightly colored and by the 1890s were known as blazers, also remained limited to sporting wear. The habit of smoking also produced its jacket, a loose lounge jacket, usually of velvet or heavy silk, sometimes quilted and trimmed with silk cord. Smoking jackets were worn from the 1850s until the end of the century. A smoking cap was sometimes worn with a smoking jacket this was a round flat cap, made in the pork-pie shape of velvet, silk or cloth, braided or embroidered and often with a tassel. Illustrations for making and decorating these caps appear frequently in fashion journals of the second half of the century, and the caps, many obviously unworn, survive in quantity.