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Victorian fashion

As the basis for just about any steampunk outfit is true Victorian fashion (1837-1901), I thought I'd post a few inspirational images of what Victorian women wore. Tweek it with fun fabrics and trims!

(ok, this one is Edwardian (1901-1910), but it's so fabulous I don't care)

*Kyoto Costume Institute*

It is important for anyone who is looking for this more authentic look to notice that women did not wear corsets on the outside, show their ankles (except for sport, and only a bit), have their hair down, or appear in public without a hat. I hope these images are inspirational and helpful!

Deepest apologies, but aside from the motoring ensemble from the Kyoto Costume Institute, I no longer remember where I got these images from. I've been saving images for years just for personal research, so did not note the sources.


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Feb. 19th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
those jackets are sublime
Feb. 19th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I adore the dress with the buttons down the sides with matching jacket and white vest. Stunning!!!!!

Great inspirational post!

Feb. 19th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
i too am liking this version of a lady's tux.
Feb. 19th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Actually, all of these are Edwardian. The relatively narrow skirts and puffed sleeves are the giveaway. Victorian dresses had much fuller, bell-like skirts and straight or drooping shoulder lines to the sleeves, like this:



In 1880 the skirts were narrower but the sleeves still weren't puffed:

The 1890s and 1900s featured the styles shown above.
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Feb. 19th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Stunning reference material! THIS is what I think of when I think steampunk, not the rags and tattered outfits with ray guns and gears plastered on everything. Adding this to memories. :)
Feb. 19th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)

Look at the Mina in League of Extraordinary gentlemen. One of the steampunk "references" she's not all tattered.
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Feb. 19th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Would it be possible to link to the source for these? (I think the fashion plates must had come from Petersens, but some of the pics look like they came from museum websites, etc.)

Just like to see sources get credit and click through traffic if possible, since many of them are funded by ad views.
Feb. 19th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
I would give sources if I could, but I've had these images in my files for years and have no idea (except for the Kyoto Costume Institute image), where they came from. Sorry!!

If you know of the original source for any, let me know.
Feb. 19th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
I either need a personal tailor, or more time in the day. I *adore* the black and white stripe ensemble, and cannot stop lusting over the amazing hat in the last image.
Feb. 19th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Kat can you make me all the stuff in the photos? I would love you forever if you did ;-p

If you do make me all that stuff can it be done by like sunday !

(Yes I am silly )
Feb. 19th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
I would love it if every week you did a post like this full of photos and drawings you like.As this helps people, is great eye candy and can help people get a feel for style and cut.
I would even give you your own tag so people can look at them all at once after a bit.The tag could be "madame kat Approves" or something fun like that.

Ok now I go driving to NJ..Woot.

Feb. 19th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Very nice - thank you ALL for the above pics!
Feb. 19th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Absolutely wonderful, as usual. Keep up the good work!
Feb. 19th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Quite fantastical! :D This is more up my line of steampunk...
Feb. 19th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
I wish you had said where you had gotten these images from, I noticed the Kyoto one, but the rest. tis good netiquet if they are not of your personal collection.
Feb. 19th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, as I had no intention of ever publishing them, I did not note where I got them from. For years I have searched the internet for inspiration, and these are just a selection of images in my photo files.

If anyone would like to take credit for an image, or ask me to remove it, it would be fine.
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Feb. 19th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
The first one is gorgeous! I love the hat!
Feb. 19th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
These are all very nice, but I do prefer the actual photos to the artist renderings or the advertisement photos. I prefer to see the item in use over an idea form.
Feb. 19th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Ah, well. I have what I have! Sorry to disappoint!
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Feb. 19th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
I like the sleek lines and comparatively simple designs. They make me think of what used to be called "power suits".
Feb. 19th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
breaking ONE rule can make an outfit look... well.. steam PUNK
breaking too many moves you away from the style......

there is nothing wrong with an outfit that breaks every rule of Victorian fashion, but it wont LOOK Victorian!

so... Victorian costume for woman.. worn with pants.. steamy Victorian adventure costume
Victorian costume with hair down? odd. but can be naughty looking

if you are wearing pants, your hair down, and a corset on the outside you may look fabulous, but you probably dont look Victorian. unless the pants are your bloomers, in which case you look like a Victorian lady in her Undies.....
Feb. 19th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
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