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Victorian Fashion Terms; N ~ Z

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Please refer to the previous article, Victorian Fashion Terms; A ~ M, for an introduction. Nonchalantes were the first elasticized corsets, marketed around 1850 as travelling corsets. Rubber had been used in clothing for about twenty years, and started to be less smelly and more durable. However, these early elasticized …

Victorian Fashion Terms; A ~ M

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If you enjoy this website, and would like it to remain open, please make a donation to Kate Tattersall Adventures. Click here. When reading 19th century diaries, literature, and magazines, one might come across something like this: “Basquine of black velvet trimmed with narrow galloon, which is edged with lace. …

Early Victorian Nightclothes; casual cosy attire for ladies

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If you enjoy this website, and would like it to remain open, please make a donation to Kate Tattersall Adventures. Click here. In the mid 1800s a wealthy lady might easily spend twelve hours of every day in her nightclothes. Indeed, she could spend weeks inhabiting her boudoir and dressing …

Victorian Women in Trousers, Pants, Breeches & Pantaloons

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If you enjoy this website, and would like it to remain open, please make a donation to Kate Tattersall Adventures. Click here. Despite the popular belief, women did wear trousers in the 1800s. A search will find dozens of records of diarists who noted British and European members of the …

Mourning Dress During the Early Victorian Era

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. Anyone who was wealthy enough to afford it was expected to wear mourning dress when a family member or friend passed away. During the early Victorian era the requirements weren’t …

Early Victorian Era Make-up; cosmetics & embellishments

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If you enjoy this website, and would like it to remain open, please make a donation to Kate Tattersall Adventures. Click here. Like any fashion, make-up went through highs and lows of popularity through the centuries, indeed, from decade to decade. This article will concentrate on Britain in the 1800s, up to …

Spatterdashes, Gaiters, Spats; for protection, warmth, & disguise

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. The term spatterdashes (also spatterdashers) goes back to the late 17th Century, referring to long leather leggings worn to protect stockings and trousers from spatters of mud while dashing about …

Parasols During the Early Victorian Era

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. The history of sunshades goes back thousands of years, but it was during the Italian Renaissance of the 16th century that umbrellas and parasols were introduced to Europe. At first …

“Coming Out” During the Early Victorian Era; about debutantes

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If you enjoy this website, and would like it to remain open, please make a donation to Kate Tattersall Adventures. Click here. During the Regency and into the Victorian era, the London social season was particularly busy from April to the end of June, but events were held throughout the …

Early Victorian Women’s Hats; Part 3, wear whatever you like

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. Often when people write about fashion they will quote one source and seem to think there were hard and fast rules followed. In truth, the artwork of any era reveals …

Early Victorian Women’s Hats; Part 2, for sun & riding

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. While bonnets were the most common choice throughout the early Victorian era, a wealthy lady could purchase hats of countless varieties. I don’t intend to cover them all here. Likewise, …

Early Victorian Women’s Hats; Part 1, concerning bonnets

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. It seems no one would be caught outside without a hat throughout the 1800s, in particular the wealthy, who could afford different head wear for every occasion. The unwashed masses …

Boots for an Adventuress; what did Kate Tattersall wear?

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When we started looking at drawing images of Kate we referenced fashion plates from the era. However, the women’s feet were generally hidden by the long skirts of the times. Research shows there existed many styles of footwear: plain buttoned ankle brogues, to high-heeled knee-high laced decorated boots, and everything inbetween. …

Early Victorian Undergarments; Part 3, pantalettes, pantalets, drawers, & bloomers

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If you enjoy this website, and would like it to remain open, please make a donation to Kate Tattersall Adventures. Click here. Drawers were not generally worn during the early 19th century by most British women. It was more convenient to wear long hose, stockings, and layers of petticoats under …

Early Victorian Undergarments; Part 2, chemises, camisoles, and a little on stays & corsets

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. The chemise of the mid 1800s varied a great deal. Most were fairly shapeless, short sleeved, hanging straight from the shoulders, perhaps all the way to the knees, commonly made …

Early Victorian Undergarments; Part 1, luxurious silk hose, colourful stockings, & socks

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. Kate Tattersall often referred to hose, stockings and socks. I thought they were all the same thing. Then I came to a passage in which she wrote about wearing hose …

Early Victorian Undergarments; an introduction, and about silk

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When Queen Victoria was crowned in 1837 the Romantic Era was still affecting fashion. Styles between 1837 and 1856 are sometimes known as Early Victorian, ending with the Crimean War and the invention of synthetic dyes, and it is a subject I never gave much consideration. It was only confusion …

Kate Tattersall; a little bio

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. Kate (Katelyn Elizabeth Beaufort) was born on the 11th of January 1834, her mother died a few days later. Her father was an earl, and she had five older brothers, …