Throughout the decade, many skirts had small trains. 1870s Flounced Skirts: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa. Apr 15, 2020 - Explore In Pretty Finery's board "1870s - Women's fashion", followed by 832 people on Pinterest. Evening bodices also featured more decorative embellishments than for day wear. Less wealthy people wore pearls or garnets as well a faux gems. 1870s. Brilliant. I have a pair of antique lace-up black boots from the era and have often wished I had a lovely dress from this era to display in my home. The two-piece dress also gained popularity. Though details were still elaborate, fussy trimmings and unnatural lines were gradually being abandoned.This trend of simplicity was enormously intensified and sped up by the The … Horizontal draping and overskirts required copious amounts of fabric. See more ideas about 1870s fashion, victorian fashion, victorian clothing. The front is smooth and narrow, while gathered material falls down the back. See more ideas about 1870s fashion, Fashion, Victorian fashion. The shape of the dress changed significantly during the 1870s, and the bustle was most distinguishing feature of the new 70s fashion. Wilson Small Title Productions presents A review of the changes in women's fashions from the post-Civil War era to the present. This fashion was short-lived (though the bustle would return again in the mid-1880s), and was succeeded by a tight-fitting silhouette with fullness as low as the knees: the cuirass bodice, a form-fitting, long-waisted, boned bodice that reached below the hips, and the princess … I'm so glad current customs don't require us to wear as many layers as these poor women had to wear. An ulster coat was a log, belted coat with a removable shoulder cape and hood. Women during this time wore elaborately designed dresses. The decade was particularly marked by a change in the shape of women's skirts, both in the use of gored skirt and in the addition of the oval hoop. Cameos, those lovely pieces of carved shell or coral, were abundant and worn by the upper and middle class. Black jewelry made of jet or black onyx was popular and could be worn during mourning periods when garments were restricted to black following the death of a loved one. The postwar recession and the depression of 1872 had a small effect on fashions in the U.S. during the early part of the decade. Notice the narrow skirts with full hems in the images below. Combine these new social norms with the ideal of feminine status displayed by immobility and you have the basis for fashions of the Late Victorian era. Late 1870s Long Bodices: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa. Glad you enjoyed! The Victorian ideal of morality based on financial success tied self identity with consumption. Princess line dress in lightweight cambric (closely woven white linen or cotton), Fashion Museum of Antwerp Museum of Modern Art; wikimedia commons CCA. 1870s Shortwaisted Basque Bodice: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa. These uncomfortable undergarments accentuated an ideal figure and were viewed as an essential support for "weak" women. How on earth did they ever sit down in those bustles? Black stockings predominated in the 1880s. Chesterfields were slender, tailored coasts similar to menswear. Even after the bustle fell out of favor, dresses were still gathered and accentuated in the back. You written any other articles, or books? Often high waisted, the pelisse was trimmed with fur. Many women kept two bodices for every skirt—one for day wear and one for evening. In the 1840s, ringlets of curls hung on either side of the head. Many featured ornate handles and long points at the ends. Bathing costumes in 1882 From a Strawbridge and Clothier department store mail order catalog, wikimedia commons; downloaded by FAE; CCa. Lead was used less in the 1870s and 80s as makeup was considered vulgar and only hints of color were achieved through the use of lip salves, many of which were homemade. Sleeves were set higher that than earlier when drop shoulders restricted arm movement. Back then the servants and working people dressed more comfortably so they could move around. I had no idea that fake hair pieces have been used for this long (other than wigs, of course). Boots reached lower to mid calf. Embellishments appeared low and at the back of the skirt. While portraiture and painting does not always reflect styles of the day, many artists depicted what women actually wore. By 1873, bustles were set quite high. I have written articles on the history of fashion and often include historical perspectives on how clothing reflects the political and social mores of an era. Tight-fitting sleeves reached 3/4 length or to the wrist. Though women did not engage in actual swimming, bathing was a popular summer activity. Women's Clothing. Sleeves were straight or an open bell form. Winter boots were trimmed in fur. I truly thought that was a fad of our modern times. Shop our range of T-Shirts, Tanks, Hoodies, Dresses, and more. Women working in factories in cities often left off hoops in their work attire. Apr 30, 2020 - Explore Cathy Peper's board "women's fashion 1870" on Pinterest. Women's entrance into the work force created a need for shortened skirts. The girls in the images below have pulled their skirts up at the sides to reveal the flounced underskirt. The back of women's hair often mirrored the back of the skirt. You can see some of my other articles in the sidebar at the top right. So pretty :). Wish I still had it. Women’s Fashion in the 1870s. Written by The Vintage Fashion Guild. Throughout the 1870s, the skirt was significantly narrower and closer fitting than previous decades. However, these hoop skirts were flat in the front with no change in the back. A princess line dress recalls medieval gowns. Similarly, women in the West had to be more practical in their work attire as well. Similar to 18th century styles, bright colors and floral patterns came in cotton, chintz, or muslin. An underbodice was like a sheer, pretty undershirt that ended at the waist. 1866 brown brocade dress Courtesy of antiquedress.com. The shorter bodice is worn by the young women in the image below. In the 1870s, hair was worn parted at the center and pulled to the back of the head with some curls framing the face. LOL. The woman below wears the shortwaisted basque bodice with trim at the back. Next 1870 to 1880 Back Fashion Timeline. During the early years of the decade, skirts were fuller at the hem. A chemisette was like a dickey. Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on September 09, 2019: Hi Katie - I am glad that you enjoyed my article. Tea gown - Whistler's Symphony in Flesh Color and Pink, Frick Collection; downloaded by user Screwing; wikimedia commons; PD. Bathing costumes consisted of bloomers worn with an overdress, black stocking, and bathing shoes. Notice the very high waist of the bodice in the image below. During the first four years of the decade, the shortwaisted, fitted, basque bodice (a fitted bodice with a crisp flare over the hips) was quite fashionable. The woman in the image on the left wears a large, high bustle at the back of her dress. The introduction of the bustle in the early 1870s changed the shape of the entire dress, not just the back. Tea gowns were worn without corsets. Wrist-length sleeves remained tight. A skirt with a very long jacket bodice (called a tunic, sacque, or cuirass) was fashionable during the latter half of the decade. Emphasis on the back of the skirt grew from fabric gathered at the rear to the exaggerated, shelf-like bustle of the mid 1880s. The bustle dress was one of the most popular styles of the late 1800s. Fashion styles are always so intriguing and you always do them proud. As Mary Blanchard writes in her article in The American History Review, "Boundaries and the Victorian Body: Aesthetic Fashion in Gilded Age America," "Little noticed, but crucial, was a shift in attitudes toward women's fashion in the 1870s and 1880s, a countercultural shift taking place under the aegis of the Aesthetic Movement. The hourglass figure of the mid-19th century gave way to a longer, slimmer silhouette with narrow skirts. Fashions of the period are easily gleaned from photographs, advertising, fashion magazines, and fashion plates. Bustles also appeared as long,spiraling coils worn horizontally, hoops sewn into cambric, or braided,and netted wire. 1870s Conservative Dress: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa. Sep 16, 2012 - Explore Friends of the Patapsco Female's board "Women's Fashion: 1870s" on Pinterest. High collars worn closely fitted were supported with whale bone and came attached to bodices, dresses, or jackets. Feb 5, 2012 - Explore Edna Woolard's board "Women's Clothing 1867-1880", followed by 382 people on Pinterest. The sides of the skirt were drawn further back, creating a narrower front. Dolores's interest in fashion history dates from her teenage years when vintage apparel was widely available in thrift stores. With best wishes, Katie. During the 1870s and '80s the Industrial Revolution produced a concept of conspicuous consumption. The shape of the dress changed significantly during the 1870s, and the bustle was most distinguishing feature of the new 70s fashion. Written by The Vintage Fashion Guild. This high protuberance at the back of the skirt carried on the 1860s trend toward flat fronts with extra material gathered in the back. The Langtry bustle could collapse for ease when sitting. SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on May 04, 2017: I love looking at art and photos of fashion from that time, but would not want to wear it. Corsets must have been like torture. First and second figures wear polonaise style. Thanks! FlourishAnyway from USA on April 24, 2017: I love the Victorian style of clothing. Readers wishing to obtain the book can e-mail the following address: sales@acblack.com. A princess dress worn a la polonaise with an overdress draped back towards the rear. Shoes and boots sported high heels and pointed toes. The author has graciously shared with readers of the Victorian Web this passage from the second edition of her Fashion in Costume, 1200-2000 (2000), published by A & C Black (Publishers) Ltd., which retains copyright. Answer: Elite American women embraced the pastoral look that was popular in France in the late 1700s. I love those black boots. See more ideas about historical fashion, 1870s fashion, victorian fashion. 1869 - 1870 brown silk moiré & velvet gown Courtesy of pastperfectvintage.com. See more ideas about historical clothing, vintage outfits, victorian fashion. In those days women did not own as many garments as they do today so enjoyed slight changes to add variety to their wardrobes. Skirts usually matched the bodice. See more ideas about 1870s fashion, victorian fashion, fashion. The bustle grew small with the introduction of the cuirass. The rest of the article is very enjoyable too, and so helpful. The bodice of this period featured a basque which extended below the waist and could reach the knees at the back. Trains mostly disappeared and hemlines ended a few inches above the floor. Exaggerated claims blamed this ubiquitous undergarment for miscarriage, cancer, epilepsy, and nervous hysteria. Sleeves featured wide, turned back cuffs. By 1870, fullness in the skirt had moved to the rear, where elaborately draped overskirts were held in place by tapes and supported by a bustle. Department stores lured shoppers with lavish displays, creating the concept of shopping as entertainment. An overskirt draped to an apron front, and a full, flounced underskirt and full petticoats threw out the bottom of the skirt. Some critics complained of the patchwork look and odd arrangement of trim. Edging at the bottom was simple, featuring lace, embroidery, or ribbons. Jan 7, 2019 - Explore Nivifer's board "Western fashion : 1870-1900 women's clothing", followed by 1878 people on Pinterest. Styles. Full length pieces of fabric are joined to create a straight line without a defined waist. Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on May 02, 2017: Hi Bill - well that's good because you'd probably look a bit silly in a bustle! The previous century had produced crinolines, bustles, polonaises, dolmans, abundant frills and furbelow’s of every description. By 1885, some bathing costumes were sleeveless. 1868 silk faille & … Next 1880 to 1890 Back Fashion Timeline. Polonaise could appear as a gown that was cut away in the front, then drawn back over the hips. Luxurious bustle dresses, elegant evening gowns and sharp tailored skirts and jackets were all popular fashions in the late 1800s. By 1877, the long bodice fit more snugly to the hips. G.W. Crimping became popular in the early 1870s. he decade of the 1870s is one of the most complex periods of women's fashion. Pretty lace or painted pictures decorated the fan that was supported on tortoise shell, wood, or ivory sticks. Sadly, it wandered off as do the things we have in our youth. The bustle provided support for dresses and skirts that exaggerated the rear. some featured a pattern or different colored front panel. Someone else could sit on the one in that c1885 picture! 1870s Bodices: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa. A number of new women's styles made their way into the fashion world during the 1860s. An overskirt was often pulled up at the sides to reveal the underskirt. Corsets made of heavy, pieced and starched cambric offered support with bands made of whale baleen or steel . Large braids or long curls hung down the back of the head. 1875 sage green silk gown Courtesy of antiquedress.com . Dolly Varden was a polonaise style named after a character in a Charles Dickens novel. Women's fashion styles varied greatly depending on the occasion. Narrow skirts made walking difficult, resulting in small, mincing steps. Dolores Monet (author) from East Coast, United States on April 25, 2017: Hi FlourishAnyway - I used to have a black lace boned bodice from the late 1880s or early 90s. This more conservative dress style still demonstrates the overskirt with the fuller underskirt, and one can see the material gathered at the back of the skirt. The bustle came back in a big way. (See picture below). Corsets covered and lifted the lower bust. 2. Folding fans were a popular accessory of the era. As the silhouette sllenderized, hair was worn closer to the head arranged in a tight bun with curls around the edges and at the nape of the neck. By the 80s, bloomers shortened to the knee. Parasols protected women's skin from the sun. In the 1870s white silk stocking pattered with tiny designs were popular. 1859 - 60 silk taffeta day dress Courtesy of vintagetextile.com. The bodice portion extended below the waistline and hung like a long, open robe or coat. August Renoir's paintings reflect the clothing worn by the middle and working class. Oct 4, 2020 - Explore Lucy Funk's board "1870-1879 Women's Historical Fashion", followed by 2144 people on Pinterest. Thank you Dolores. I was so skinny then that it actually fit. In the 1870s, women drew up the side hair but let it hang in long, loose curls in back. Women engaged in tennis, croquet, boating, riding, and golf. Trim made of one portion decorated the other and vice versa. 1870s Shortwaisted Bodice: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa. The tea gown, born of these softer designs was worn by women at home when they received friends for tea. Two-piece outfits featured a bodice and skirt. I love the way you link in the historical and social details as well as the other fashions of hairstyles, shoes etc. Though fashion plates depict women wearing floor length hemlines, photographs of women at work, or engaged in physical activities show shorter hemlines. This gives a lot of emphasis on the back where the dress is decorated with multiple fold and bows. Capitalism generated a new type of elite and class consciousness. Women's clothing styles maintained an emphasis on the conical shape of the torso while the shape of the skirts changed throughout the period. 1870s Ruffles and Flounces: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa. Polonaise cut bodices and gowns recalled women's fashions of the 1700s. Daytime and Evening Wear. Not so much on all the hairstyles and I'd sure hate to wear one of those bathing suits, but this was a real treat of an article. Gloves were an important part of a woman's outfit. Women who did any kind of work had to wear clothing they could move in. Corset covers hid the stiff lines of the corset. This high protuberance at the back of the skirt carried on the 1860s trend toward flat fronts with extra material gathered in the back. Emphasis on the back of the skirt grew from fabric gathered at the rear to the exaggerated, shelf-like bustle of the mid 1880s. Worn for warmth or modesty under a sheer dress or bodice, underbodices featured pretty trim at the top which could be seen when wearing low necked bodices. Jul 25, 2020 - Explore Katharine's board "Vintage Fashion - 1870s (1870-1879)", followed by 446 people on Pinterest. This fashion required an underskirt, which was heavily trimmed with pleats, flounces, rouching, and frills. Unique 1870s clothing designed and sold by artists for women, men, and everyone. Of course the heavy clothing and fancy bustles were used more by the upper class. Fan constructed of bone, cotton lace, mother of pearl and metal 1880s, Museum of Design, Barcelona; downloaded by Vassil; PD. A stiff, rigid posture underscored the lack of movement that separated the upper class from the working class. Capes and cloaks of the mid 19th century gave way to coats and jackets. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 29, 2017: I love viewing paintings of that era but cannot imagine having to dress that way. Now those I could see wearing! Those boots sound awesome. Women's Clothing. The erruption of large, festooned bustles led women to wear scalpettes or frizzettes which were false hair pieces. Such good work. The painter James Tissot depicted women in contemporary costume. Ann Carr from SW England on April 25, 2017: What a charming hub, Dolores! The narrower cut became more fashionable toward the end of the decade. The nineteenth century marks the period beginning January 1, 1801 and ends December 31, 1900.. Stockings matched one's outfit or shoes and could be embellished with embroidery or striped. The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 resulted in the loss of Alsace-Lorraine to Prussia, causing hardship and suffering in France. During the 1870s, women’s clothing became increasingly complex, colorful, and restrictive, while menswear was marked by an industrious sobriety. Culture to desire novelty, luxury, and frills led women to wear clothing they could actually move Severa dressed. 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