By 1842, Victoria would have been, 23, and trying to appear very grown up. The skirts are widening (as are the hips and bust line after bearing two children), and do so even more in 1847 when she would have already had five children.

The Shape of the Times

By 1842, Victoria would have been, 23, and trying to appear very grown up. The skirts are widening (as are the hips and bust line after bearing two children), and do so even more in 1847 when she would have already had five children.

Evening or dinner dress, Mme. Gabrielle, Paris, ca. early 1870s. Mme. Gabrielle, while not as well-known now, was as respected in her day as Charles Worth and other top Parisian designers. Charleston Museum Tumblr

Evening or dinner dress, Mme. Gabrielle, Paris, ca. early 1870s. Mme. Gabrielle, while not as well-known now, was as respected in her day as Charles Worth and other top Parisian designers. Charleston Museum Tumblr

Embroidered Floral Evening Shoes in the Manner of Late 18th Century, USA. c. 1886. Shoe Icons: http://eng.shoe-icons.com/collection/object.htm?id=1448

Embroidered Floral Evening Shoes in the Manner of Late 18th Century, USA. c. 1886. Shoe Icons: http://eng.shoe-icons.com/collection/object.htm?id=1448

1899 Chatelaine | Seriously, why don't we wear these anymore instead of a purse where everything gets "lost"?

1899 Chatelaine | Seriously, why don't we wear these anymore instead of a purse where everything gets "lost"?

1880. ‘Where early photography meets extreme hotness’ - My Daguerreotype Boyfriend. Doesn't he look a little like Rob Pattinson? vintage photograph.

1880. ‘Where early photography meets extreme hotness’ - My Daguerreotype Boyfriend. Doesn't he look a little like Rob Pattinson? vintage photograph.

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