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This page is dedicated to gowns and garments from different eras in history. Please click on the photos below to see more from the eras that interest you. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to email me. No question is silly or insignificant. Please do ask about whatever is on your mind whether it be about a custom order or just curiosity. I would love to help with anything you might wonder about.

Saloon Girls and Burlesque outfits can be found under the Victorian era


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Dauphine at Versailles by
L. L. Périn-Salbreux


1600 - 1830

These periods kind of overlap each other and also depend on country and field of arts.

Typical fashion colors were pale, with variations from pale pinks and silvery blues to brilliant reds and dark blues which was very popular for some time with indigo coming from India. In general, pastel colors were the most popular.

Wealthy women wore richly decorated gowns. Wide hoops supported elaborately embroidered and trimmed skirts. Hairdos grew to new heights. Hair was draped over wire cages, rolled into large locks and decorated with flowers, feathers, artificial birds with nests and even miniature ships.



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Caroline (Bonaparte) Murat & daughter Letizia by Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

  Regency  1795 - 1820 (1837)

The high waist Empire dresses of the early 19th century were usually made in fine white lawn, muslin, or batiste. White gowns were a sign of social status as white soiled easily, these were generally used for evening, and pastel or colored robes were more suitable for day wear. Heavy velvets, cottons, linens, fine wools, and silks were used in winter. The decorations were Greek art inspired. Greek key patterns decorated borders, garment hems, and sleeve bands.
The Napoleonic Wars introduced military style details such as frogging, braids, cords, and other trims, featured on clothing for both men and women.
The latter years of the Regency period were influenced by the Middle Ages. By 1820, the dress had lost all classical form and took on a pure Gothic line which lasted until Queen Victoria's ascension. 


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Bunch of Lilacs
 by James Tissot

  Victorian Era 1837-1901

Early Victorian 1837 - 1956
Crinoline 1856 - 1869
Early Bustle 1870 - 1876
Natural Form 1877 - 1882
Late Bustle 1883 - 1889
Belle Epoch 1890 - 1901
Saloon Girls/Burlesque

In the Victorian era, fashion begins to change far more rapidly than it had in the past. The most overt manifestation of this accelerated tempo of change is the constant shifting of the fashionable silhouette of women's dress, evolving shapes of skirts, sleeves, and bodices.


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  Edwardian  1901 - 1918

The Edwardian period is often extended beyond Edward's death in 1910 to include the years up to the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, the start of WW I in 1914, or to the end of the war in 1918.

The upper classes embraced leisure sports, which led to rapid developments in fashion, as more mobile and flexible clothing styles were needed. The very tight corset, or bodice, was modified, and later its everyday wearing was gradually abandoned.



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Marlene Dietrich by Travis Banton, 1935

  1920 - Present

This category will contain dresses from 1920 to the present. Please take a look at what is available and if there is any style dress you don't see but would love to have made, please don't hesitate to email me and I am sure we can work together to make your dream gown/garment a reality.

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Last modified:  08/17/09