Queen Victoria was only 18 years old when she ascended to the British throne in 1837, however very few would predict that the trends of the Victorian Era would still be relevant today. In fact, some might say that fashion is never original but rather a unification of different trends from a variety of time periods.
After all, the 90’s aren’t the only decade making a fashion come back! Read on to find out how Victorian fashion, and Queen Victoria herself, is influencing modern style in 2018…
Women would wear corsets during the Victorian Era in order to slim the waist and give the illusion of curvy hips and a big bust. In fact, they were known as a ‘stay’ during the 1800’s and were crafted from bone or metal inserts in order to maintain rigidity. As a royal, Queen Victoria would wear a corset under every evening gown and 200 years later they are still a staple within mainstream fashion, aside from the restrictiveness. From Madonna’s iconic conical corset to the lace up ‘belt’ worn over untucked shirts as a relaxed modern style, our approach to corsets may have changed but they are certainly here to stay.
Many people are actually unaware that white wedding dresses are not a thousand year old tradition in the making that is supposed to represent purity but instead a trend that became iconic after young Victoria wore it at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. In fact, the colour was chosen in order to draw attention to the detail and quality of the lace trim on her gown to try and boost the struggling lace industry of the time. From royals like Kate Middleton and Princess Diana to fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy, it is easy to see that white weddings have become an iconic style in modern fashion.
If there is one thing that Victoria wasn’t denied, it was luxury. In fact, she had some of the most expensive evening gowns crafted from the best materials that royal money could buy in the 1800’s. In modern fashion, there has been an increased interest in quality and durability, something that royal Victorian fashion was able to provide. After all, people are starting to grow tired of the fast fashion cycle that leaves clothing destined for landfill after less than 6 months.
As a woman of the 19th century, Queen Victoria was often subdued by the men around her. After all, her people looked upon her to produce an heir. Thankfully, the young Queen was headstrong and became involved within British politics, perhaps more than a royal was expected to do so, becoming a fashion icon in her own right. Whilst we may not have satin evening gowns or Russian velvet fabric to hand, the durability and quality of Queen Victoria’s wardrobe can be emulated through modern slow fashion. Here at 2forjoy we use some of the best materials on the market in order to design clothing that will last beyond a single season. Get in contact with a member of the 2forjoy team to find out more information today.