It’s been unusually warm and dry here in the Netherlands (and in most of Europe, I believe). That’s gotten me thinking of light, summer style dresses. I don’t have any at the moment, all of mine are either silk, velvet or wool. So one of these might have to go onto the (long) list of things I want to make one day…
Last year I did a post on summer dresses of the period just before the Victorian age, so for this post, let’s look at some Victorian examples!
These dresses are all made of very light cotton. They protect the skin from the sun, and the white is relatively cool. The cotton is rather thin, and breathes well. Of course, a fashionable lady would still seek out the shade, and wear a bonnet and parasol as well to protect from the sun.
Some crinoline styles. In this era, flowers on white seem tho have been quite popular!
I particularly like the pin-tucks on this bodice.
Some nice stripy contrast!
Some solid white, as we’re moving into the bustle era.
But dots are nice too!
And, to finish, two more solid white dresses from the 1880’s this time
It’s hot here. The record for the warmest night ever was broken last night, and coming Saturday the national day-record might even be broken, as current predictions are 36 C (the record being 38 C). For people in other parts of the world this might not be much, but for the Netherlands it’s quite unique. So while I’m drinking loads of water and eating ice cream, some summery dresses.
The romantic period, between the Regency and Victorian era (ca. 1820-1840) is quite under-represented by historic costumers. The reason is probably that it takes some getting used to. It’s the era of dropping waists, growing skirts, huge sleeves and some fabulous hair (think of styles like in this fashion plate ) . There’s also quite a lot of extant examples of light cotton dresses, and I think the style is growing on me.
1820s, Augusta Auction
ca. 1820, Met museum
1823-1825. Sudley House, Liverpool museums
1826 Met museum
1825-30, Met museum
1826-29, Met museum
1825-1835, Augusta Auction
1830s, Vintage Textile
ca. 1830, V&A
1830-1835, Augusta Auctions
1830s, Kerry taylor auctions
circa late 1830’s, Time travelers antiques
ca. 1840, Met Museum