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Wrapping up: The Victorians

Queen Victoria (1837-1901) is the first British monarch for whom we can clearly and consistently connect fashion with key events in her life.
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SALLY (VOICEOVER): Queen Victoria is the first British monarch for whom we can clearly and consistently connect fashion with key events in her life. Garments survive that can be associated with her ascension to the throne, her wedding, her children, and, of course, the death of Prince Albert. While the image of Victoria and her widow’s weeds is an enduring one, we should also acknowledge her influence on other fashions, particularly the white wedding dress, and also how events and developments during her reign affected other people’s clothing. Victoria’s reign was also one which saw unprecedented access to pictures and descriptions of royal fashion.
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This, of course, is something that becomes even more significant in our final week of the course when we turn to the Windsors.

Queen Victoria (1837-1901) is the first British monarch for whom we can clearly and consistently connect fashion with key events in her life.

Garments survive that can be associated with her ascension to the throne, her wedding, her children and, of course, the death of Prince Albert. It is fitting that many of these objects are now in the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection stores at Kensington Palace, where Queen Victoria was born and grew up.

This video, which shows examples of fashions from the 1830s, gives a glimpse of the styles that the young Victoria might have drawn on and been influenced by before she became queen.

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