In celebration of Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday, no she wasn’t that age, but she was born that long ago.
I write this blog in celebration of a remarkable woman. Both loathed and loved, in a time that was about restraint and constraint, she inspires fashion to this day.
So in terms of fashion, what have the Victorian’s done for fashion I hear you ask?
In Japan, the Lolita trend especially Gothic Lolita, Elegant Gothic Lolita, is hugely influenced with its frills and ruffles, lace blouses, corsets and bodice based tops and skirts, a shortened form of the long riding skirt, and general Gothic fashion.
The importance of silhouette and perfection of shape, was engrained into the heart of every woman, and still has its influence to this day. How many of you have a detailed white lace blouse or dress? It is inspired from Victorian high society style.
The visually stylistic genre of Steampunk is hugely influenced by Victorian culture, especially from the readings of Jules Verne, a modern day interpretation of Victorian values futurism and science fiction.
The resurgence of corsetry, bodices and riding habit’s, often and usually seen as repressive, yet is increasing in popularity and appreciation of their beauty,
are seen today as items of feminine empowerment.
What about the global fascination with Victorian period and costume drama’s, because of the romantic splendour of the dresses and the meticulous tailoring.
Regarding tailoring, unbutton or unfasten the endless row of clips on a bodice or riding habit, and marvel at the complexity of construction embedded within. You won’t see its likes in today’s day to day wear. You will see its clear influence in Haute Couture, or one of the popular dresses produced by the House of Dior, or from the late Lee Alexander McQueen. Other designers that clearly take inspiration in collections from Victorian style, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana, Reem Acra, Comme des Garcons, Erdem, Victim, and many others from around the globe. So now you know a little of just how much of an impact Victorian style influences us today. Happy 200th Birthday Victoria.