Victorian vs Edwardian | which is which?


by Cat's Costumery



Hello everyone and welcome to a new video!

I’ve been meaning to do this for a little while. We had to do some decade based research for one of my modules at university and I thought it was cool to use to it for a video! Often on the internet, it seems Victorian and Edwardian are used almost interchangeably, but they are two different periods with different fashions. It was a lot of fun to find all of these images so I hope you enjoy the video!

I was thinking about doing one with questions regarding these periods – I asked on my Instagram if anyone had any questions and some of those I think could be a video by themselves. I’ve also collected all of the images I could accurately reference!

1. ‘Improvement in hoop-skirts’ patent, by Henry Cook, 1861
1830s fashion:
2. Walking ensemble ca. 1835,
3. Morning dress ca. 1837,

1840s fashion:
4. February 1843, Godey’s Lady’s Book.
5. Day dress, 1840s, Fashion Museum Bath.
6. Jenny Lind by Eduard Magnus, 1862, based on an original from 1846,
7. Dress, 1840s, MET.
8. Afternoon dress, 1834, MET.

1850s fashion:
9. Winterhalter Franz Xavier The Empress Eugenie Surrounded by her Ladies in Waiting, 1855. Fashion plate, 1857, Journal des Modes
11. ‘Improvement in hoop-skirts’ patent, by Henry Cook, 1861
12. Mourning dress, ca. 1850-1855, MET.
13. Silk gauze, c.1855-1860, at the FIDM.

1860s fashion:
14. “Fabrique de crinolines. – La pose des cerceaux, d’après un croquis de M. Bach”, L’Univers illustré, 1865
15. Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Courtly Gala Dress with Diamond Stars by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1865
16. Sarah Parker Remond, ca. 1865. Peabody Essex Museum.

1870s fashion:
17. ’Manuela de Errazu’, by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, c.1870-1. Museo del Prado.
18. ’Too Early’ by James Tissot, 1873, Guildhall Art Gallery,
19. Wedding dress, 1874. Victoria and Albert Museum.
20. Women 1875-1876, Plate 038, Journal des Demoiselles,
21. Dress, Late 1870s. John Bright Museum Collection.

1880s fashion:
22. The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Indoor Costume.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1883.
23. Dress, brown and tan silk taffeta with cuirass bodice and bustle, c. 1883, University of New Hampshire Library.
24. 1888-1890, Plate 023, La Mode Illustrée, MET.
25. ’Woman with a fan made of feathers’, c. 1886, State Library and Archives of Florida.
26. Afternoon dress, c.1888, House of Worth, MET.

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I hope you enjoyed my first video! I apologize for the awkwardness, I hope I get better over time. Feel free to critique me in the comment section :). Sources: