Victorian FashionMarch 24, 2006
Last week I was browsing through Dover Publication’s online catalog of goodies when I came across a book and CD of Victorian fashions. Well, somehow one of those same books ended up in my mailbox this week and I was able to do a little more browsing.
How ornate the fashions were; ruffles and ribbons, trims and buttons, fringe and lace, flowers and beads , veils and feathers and balloon sleeves and bustles. I probably don’t know the names for half of the decorative devices that they used.
I think had I lived during that time period, I would have wanted to have been a dressmaker. It seems it would have been very similar to what quilting is today; playing with beautiful fabrics and embellishments.
The nagging question in my mind, though, is, “Is it physically possible to have a waist that small?” In my case, I know it is highly improbable, but is it even possible?