Here you’ll find topics and articles across different eras, from the 18th century to the Victorian and Edwardian era to the 1920s: such as my Victorian and Edwardian Beauty Routine series, the Victorian and Edwardian Haircare series, as well as historical Fashion and Hairstyle Timelines.
In the Victorian and Edwardian era, wearing mourning was a social obligation but it also helped to protect the feelings of the mourners: Every stranger would instantly recognize the mourning dress, know of their loss and wouldn’t hurt their feelings with unnecessary jaunty remarks.
The colors of Victorian mourning are black, white, gray, purple, lavender and scarlet. Black is the color most associated with mourning wear. However, not all extant black dresses are mourning dresses: Continue reading Victorian Mourning→
For millennia, humans and dogs live together – dogs are the oldest domesticated animal. In earlier times, dogs were needed to guard flocks and farms. Later, they were used as hunting dogs; whereas in the Victorian and Edwardian era, lap dogs became fashionable. There was always the consideration what best to feed the loved, and needed dog: So there’s a long history of dog food. For many centuries, dogs were just fed with barley flour soaked in milk or broth. Then in the 19th century, the first dog biscuits were produced. In the Edwardian era, meat mixed with flour or bread and vegetables was considered the best dog food. Continue reading History Of Dog Food→
1840s bonnets: close round the face in a ‘horseshoe’-shape; from the side view a long, rather straight bonnet shape; ‘coal scuttle bonnet’ (original 1840s bonnet); sometimes the brim and crown piece are still constructed of two pieces (1840s bonnet)
The typical hairstyle of the 1840s and 1850s was a bun at the back of the head with slight variations. At the beginning of the 1840s the bun was worn low, in the later 1840s it was worn high at the back of the head, and in the 1850s it was again worn low in the neck. The hair was parted in an Y shape, which can be seen in this 1854 painting. The bun could be just a twisted strand of hair; but the hair could also be braided (-> my tutorial) or rope braided before it was put into a bun. For evening wear the bun was more elaborate. During the day, the hair was usually covered: indoors with a day cap, and outside with a bonnet. The day cap (other names: morning cap or breakfast cap) was worn worn in the early part of the Victorian era by all women (young, unmarried and married women), later just by married women, and since the 1860s or 1870s mainly by older, married women. The front hair was worn in curls or loops.