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Mourning dress avaMourning is a usual thing for humans because people die all the time. But these days, it goes easy on us – we don’t usually have such strict rules for mourning as were established in Victorian England, for example. From 2,5 years to eternity of mourning. Wearing only black dresses – sometimes made from coarse and scratchy fabrics, avoiding any social events, forsaking jewelry for years, etc. Though, all of this concerns mostly women, while men and children had more comfortable mourning rituals. But still, some kids, even little girls, could have black mourning clothing. One of such gowns we’ll show you in this article.

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Elizabethan avaThe Elizabethan era occurred in England in 1558-1603, when Queen Elizabeth I reigned in the country. This period is interesting because, for some time, England became the center of fashion in Europe. You might know that in the Middle Ages it was France, in the Quattrocento it was Italy, and now it was the British turn. And people were absolutely devoted to the idea of imitating Queen Elizabeth in their looks. Even men did it, wearing clothing of a very feminized silhouette. Oh, and the ever-present heart shape everywhere!

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Tudor dress avaThe Tudor era in England is a period between 1485 and 1603 when the dynasty of the House of Tudor reigned in the country. It was a time of elegant female dresses of triangular shape and odd male cube-shaped silhouette. The 1530s and 1540s are also characterized by a great influence of a French fashion on the English court attire. That’s when a so-called French gown and French hood appeared in England. And today, we’d like to show you a modern reconstruction of a French gown in all its beautiful detail.

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Victorian England avaHave you ever wondered looking at an old black&white portrait how those people looked in real life, how their outfits looked like, what was the color of their hair and eyes? We have, and often. That’s why we’ve prepared for you a collection of vintage photos colorized in modern time. These are portraits from the Victorian era (1837-1901). And these men, women, and kids look so natural after the colorization, so alive, just like on modern photos. Also, you can distinguish their clothing (cuts, patterns, colors, textures, etc.), jewelry pieces, accessories, hairstyles, and so much more.

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Corset avaIn this article, we will talk about corsets and, particularly, about how very tight corsetry harmed women’s health and even killed them in the Victorian era. The mid-19th century was a period when the most tight corsets were worn. And while looser bodices and stays aren’t dangerous and could be even useful, very tight corsets really can be the killers. But still, for almost 100 years, whalebone and steel corsets were a symbol of aristocracy, civilization, and affiliation to the culture of the British Empire.

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RuralEngland avaThe Victorian era in England lasted from 1837 to 1901. It was the period of political and social reforms and the Industrial Revolution. By the way, due to the Industrial Revolution, there was a tendency of people moving to big cities where workers were always needed. And in rural areas, life was poor and hard. These photos will help you see the real life in rural Victorian England in the mid-19th century. Ordinary people often wore worn clothing, patched and full of holes. But, of course, there were wealthier landlords, with their toppers, nice suits, and white shirts.

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Edwardian Era avaThe Edwardian era is a period in British history from the 1890s to World War I (1914-18). The kids’ fashion during this historic period is marked by natural flowing hairstyles, elegant and delicate outfits, and flowers as a decoration. By the way, for grown-up women, this era was the last time they wore corsets in everyday life. Step by step, the clothing of females, including little girls, transferred from artificial and pompous to natural and flowing. We’ve prepared 21 old photos (though, colorized in modern times) so that you could see for yourself how an Edwardian-era little girl looked like.

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Dickens clothing avaCharles Dickens is a famous English writer, he is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Most well-educated people have read his novels, but have you ever wondered how his characters looked like? What did they wear? How did they tend to their bodies and clothing? Let’s have a look at the day-to-day attire of a maidservant from 1853 and find out her usual dressing routine.

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Old photos avaThere are lots of conspiracy theories and myths in all areas of life, including fashion, hygiene, relationships, etc. It can be hard to tell what the reality was for earlier periods, but the 19th century is open to our eyes due to the invention of photography. On the photos below, you’ll see the fashion trends and typical appearance of the mid-19th-century men and women in Britain. We think that the most interesting thing about these photos is pretty and elegant female hairstyles. But it’s up to you what details of their appearance to notice and appreciate.

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Medieval jewelry avaVintage jewels are always fascinating. But the older a piece, the more remarkable it seems. The medieval period for Europe was a wonderful time, with all those rituals and customs, traditions and beliefs, clothing and jewelry crafts, etc. By the way, medieval jewels are among the most beautiful and unique in the world. We’d like to offer you proof in the form of a small demonstration. Here are several precious medieval and post-medieval finger rings and earrings with gems from the British Museum in London. Let’s find out more about these items.

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Jacobean lady avaThe outfit of a wealthy English lady from Jacobean period was rather extravagant and posh. The Jacobean era in England and Scotland lasted from 1567 to 1625, when King James VI of Scotland reined. But talking about this period’s fashionable clothing, let us have a closer look at the layers comprising the formal daywear for a wealthy Englishwoman in 1615. A little spoiler: the most interesting part of a Jacobean female attire is diverse accessories.

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Tudor avaThe Tudor fashion in Europe is represented by England of 1485-1603. In this period, the fashionable silhouette consisted of geometric shapes: triangles, disks, rectangles, squares, and so on. However, Tudor clothing was rather charming, especially female outfits. In this article, we’ll look at Tudor men’s and women’s costumes a little closer. What did they wear and why? What trends were fashionable at the time? How certain pieces of clothing were called? And much more.

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Elizabeth avaIn Great Britain, a stunning piece of vintage royal clothing was found. It is the one and only dress of Elizabeth I (ruled England in 1558-1603) that survived until today. At least, no other garment of this Tudor Queen is known to still exist. As we can find out from history, Elizabeth I wore pompous dresses made from the best fabrics available, but all of her articles of clothes were sold out or reused. And now, there is one item that was saved, and it is now being restored and studied.

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Mary Shelley avaThe 19th century is very diverse in fashion. Silhouettes, designs, and cuts changed one another every decade or so. In 1816, the typical female outfit was simple, feminine, and pretty. How can we single out a certain year like that and be sure that it’s accurate? Because this is the clothing of famous English writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, pictured in the drama movie “Mary Shelley” that was released in 2017. This is how she was dressed when she was writing her world famous “Frankenstein”.

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Victorian hair avaWhat hairstyles did women wear in the Victorian era, in the 1870s? Did they use wigs and why? Was hair dyeing popular and acceptable or not? What did Victorian men think of their women’s hair tricks? And, by the way, did males use wigs along with females? Let’s try to answer all of these questions and some more. You should know that Victorian era wasn’t as starchy and ceremonious as we tend to think.

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Gentleman avaThere are dozens of articles and videos about female clothing in the 18th century. But what about men? How did they look like? What articles of clothes were used by the 18th-century gentlemen? What accessories did they wear? Did they use the help of servants while getting dressed? What tips and tricks did tailors use at that time to make a gentleman’s life easier? Come on, let’s find the answers to all of those questions.

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English peasant women avaThe 18th-century English peasant women dressed for work, not for fun. At least for their daily routine. So, their traditional attire was simple and suitable for work – at least as suitable as 18th-century clothes can be. At the same time, the clothing covered most of their skin and was modest. But let’s look closer at this attire and find out some details, too.

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Georgian lady avaIn the British history, there was a so-called “Georgian era”, named after the kings George I, George II, George III, and George IV. Actually, this period lasted from 1714 to about 1830-37. But today, we’ll talk about the 1760-1780s and the women’s fashion of these years. What did British females wear during this period? Which silhouette was considered the best? What accessories did they use? And, of course, what hooped supports, panniers, bum pads, or padding did women wear?

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Lady Mary avaThe Downton Abbey, popular British historical series, shows some great and very accurate examples of Edwardian and post-Edwardian clothing, hairdos, and accessories. The stylists of the series did a good job of creating the characters’ outfits. And one of them is Lady Mary Crawley. Let’s look at a pretty cute reproduction of one of her daytime costumes. Also, we’ll talk a little about the makeup and hairstyles of the Edwardian period.

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Male costume avaLet’s find out how the English ploughmen dressed in the 14th century. This particular costume is known thanks to the Psalter of Sir Geoffrey Luttrell, lord of the manor of Irnham in Lincolnshire. He has left drawings of people of the time and their way of life. Because of this book, we can make a reconstruction of a ploughman’s clothing, used in the 1340s. It was a simple, comfy, and durable outfit that suited the hard labor of the 14th-century villagers.

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Anglo Saxon jewels avaThe clothes used in Dark Age Europe was pretty simple. Nothing extraordinary, really. But we can’t say the same about the jewelry pieces. And the Anglo-Saxon jewels in particular. The Anglo-Saxon jewellery makers were skilled and had a bright imagination – that’s for sure. Their products truly were works of art. In this article, we’d like to show you some of them. Because the traditional Anglo-Saxon jewelry could turn ordinary tunics and cloaks of the period into gorgeous and unique costumes.

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Regency lady avaRegency era in Britain lasted from 1795 to 1837 (though, there are some differences as to which years to consider Regency). The female fashion of this period was rather classical – corsets, high-waisted silhouette, emphasized breasts, and long flowing skirts, of course. The Regency ladies looked natural, elegant, and even sexy in a way (even with all those layers of clothing). But let’s have a more detailed look.

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14century costume avaWomen’s fashion of the 14th century in England. How is it different to the clothing from other periods? How many pieces of attire did they use? What’s special about this era in fashion? Why didn’t they use underwear? This article will give you the answers to many questions and show you the photos of female 14th-century folk clothing. There are some very curious details in the fashion of this particular period.

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Working woman avaOrdinary women in the 18th century had a lot of work to do. There were no washing machines, dishwashers, ultra modern kitchen equipment, and other conveniences that are available for a female today. So, working women or peasant women wore comfy but modest clothing. At the same time, their daily outfit was elegant, despite its simplicity and plainness. Let’s have a look at how the 18th-century working woman dressed up.

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Wedding dress avaHow did wedding gowns of English queens and princesses look like in the 19th and 20th centuries? What did they show to the public? And what about modern royal wedding dresses? Dr. Joanna Marschner, Senior Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, will tell us many curious things about these bridal outfits. Also, let’s enjoy the beauty of English royal wedding gowns.

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Wedding avaPractical ladies from the end of the 19th century often used their wedding dresses (or parts of the costume) several years after the wedding. It was worn as a visiting gown, an attire for special occasions, etc. So, how did those bridal dresses look? Let us have a peek at the 1880’s Natural Form era bridal gown. This one is ivory-colored, though dark colors were also very popular.