What did Victorians wear?
I was just wondering what victorians wear. Please include A LOT of detail as I cannot find anything on the internet or in the book that I have. I would like information on what rich men and women would wear, what poor men and women would wear, what rich children wear (girl and boy) and what poor children would wear (girl and boy). THANK YOU :)
I think the best way for you to see the kinds of clothing that were worn by men, women, boys and girls of all classes would be to watch the BBC adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories starring Jeremy Brett. These are available on DVD and ought to be obtainable at your public library or any video rental stores. These adaptations are sometimes given reruns on PBS stations. The makers of these mostly one-hour-long films paid close attention to clothing, furnishings, horse-drawn vehicles, and other details. There are a great many women in these films, and they are wearing authentic costumes which cover them from chin to ankles. Holmes and Watson wear different kinds of clothes for different occasions. Both have extensive wardrobes. There are a lot of street urchins in some episodes, and they are dressed in hand-me-downs. Almost everybody, male and female, wore a hat or cap. Most men and women wore hightop boots because the streets were so filthy with mud and manure.
The Museum of London has a collection of clothes. Maybe you could find a book they published.
Victorian woman would wear long, elegant dresses. Victorian men would wear suits and a hat usually. Boys would wear shorts and shirt like today and girls would wear dresses.