Victorian clothing at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
Dress, 1830-33, Britain or France
Muslin. trimmed with satin and embroidered with colored wool
This is a transitional style from Regency to Victorian.
Day dress, 1836-40
Printed cotton edged with silk satin piping and lined with linen and cotton
Man’s dressing gown, about 1840
Linen, marked in ink with J. Waugh No. 7 1846
Cage crinoline, about 1868, Britain
Spring-steel hoops covered in linen
Woman’s chemise, 1851, Britain
Linen, marked in ink “M. J. Sanderson 3”
Day dress (bodice and skirt), 1863-65
Silk, hand-embroidered in black silk and cut-steel beads, trimmed with black taffeta and a lace collar
Wedding dress, E. Gill, about 1870
This dress was made in New Bond Street for an unknown bride. It has been altered and originally have been worn with a wide sash.
Satin trimmed with tulle and Honiton guipure lace
Bustle Pad, 1875, Britain
Printed cotton, filled with ‘Leech Arctic Down’
Bustle, about 1875, Britain
Evening dress, 1881, Charles Frederick Worth
Satin, embroidered with silk, chenille and beads, trimmed with machine lace
Mrs. Granville Alexander, daughter of the U.S. sewing-machine pioneer Isaac singer, wore this dress.
The other, heavily lace-decorated gown pictured here can be found on the Edwardian clothing page.
Bodice and skirt, about 1884, France
Wool and chenille
The black riding habit pictured here can be found on the Edwardian clothing page.
Dolman, Redmayne & Co., about 1885
Cut and uncut velvet, trimmed with feathers and braid-covered wooden tassels
Whalebone and cotton, with steel busk and back supports
This “ventilated” corset was suitable for sports and summer wear.