Victorian Fashion through the Seasons – Autumn

Victorian Era Fashion / Source: MET Museum

Victorian Era Fashion / Source: MET Museum

Lady Autumn makes her grand entrance down the marble stair in a shining gown of bronze taffeta. A rustling train cascades in her wake, trimmed with newly fallen leaves in hues of cranberry, pumpkin, and ginger. Crowned with a golden coronet, bedecked with garnets and amber, Lady Autumn glides onto the ball room floor, exuding relaxed elegance and a hint of sandalwood perfume.

I love the turn of the seasons almost as much as I love Victorian fashion.

Granted, my home in Texas doesn’t allow me to experience the natural grandeur of all four seasons. I basically live in a state of never-ending, sweltering summer. However, I am ever determined to embrace the essence of each season as it turns elsewhere.

When September rolls around, I decorate my home with faux golden pumpkins and fall foliage. Throughout October, I sip cranberry orange tea and savor many a pumpkin scone. And as soon as November appears on the calendar, I rummage through plastic tubs tucked away in a humid garage to retrieve little-worn, yet beloved sweaters and knit berets all the while ignoring the weather man who says the day’s high temperature is seventy-nine degrees.

Ever determined, my enthusiasm for fall fashion will not be dissuaded! Therefore, in honor of the turning season, I thought it would be fun to admire a selection of Victorian Era fashions that evoke the essence of autumn. Cozy up with a warm blanket and a hot cuppa, and let the fashion show begin!

Victorian Fashion through the Seasons – Autumn

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Day Dress dated 1867-1871. Designed by Depret (French). Finely crafted of pumpkin orange silk. / Source: MET Museum.

Day Dress dated 1867-1871. Designed by Depret (French). Finely crafted of pumpkin orange silk. / Source: MET Museum.

Dinner Dress dated 1894-1896. Designed by Jeanne Hallee (French). Finely crafted of forest green velvet and lace. / Source: Pinterest.

Dinner Dress dated 1894-1896. Designed by Jeanne Hallee (French). Finely crafted of forest green velvet and lace. / Source: Pinterest.

French Wedding Dress, circa 1879. Finely crafted of luxurious brown silk, cut velvet, and lace. / Source: MET Museum.

French Wedding Dress, circa 1879. Finely crafted of luxurious brown silk, cut velvet, and lace. / Source: MET Museum.

American Day Dress dated 1860-1863. Finely crafted of printed silk in hues of burnt orange and sage green. / Source: MET Museum.

American Day Dress dated 1860-1863. Finely crafted of printed silk in hues of burnt orange and sage green. / Source: MET Museum.

French Dress, circa 1879. Finely crafted of deep cranberry hued silk and trimmed with glass beads. / Source: MET Museum.

French Dress, circa 1879. Finely crafted of deep cranberry hued silk and trimmed with glass beads. / Source: MET Museum.

Dinner Dress dated 1878-1879. Designed by Mon. Vignon (French). Finely crafted of silk and cotton with autumnal leaf embroidery. / Source: MET Museum.

Dinner Dress dated 1878-1879. Designed by Mon. Vignon (French). Finely crafted of silk and cotton with autumnal leaf embroidery. / Source: MET Museum.

American Dinner Dress, circa 1840. Finely crafted of a russet brown silk faille with an embroidered rose pattern. / Source: MFA Museum

American Dinner Dress, circa 1840. Finely crafted of a russet brown silk faille with an embroidered rose pattern. / Source: MFA Museum

Dress, circa 1888. Designed by Mme. Uoll Gross (American). Finely crafted of  plum velvet and silk with an orange printed panel.

Dress, circa 1888. Designed by Mme. Uoll Gross (American). Finely crafted of plum velvet and silk with an orange printed panel. / Source: MET Museum

British Wrapper, circa 1855. Finely crafted of floral printed and orange silk. / Source: MET Museum.

British Wrapper, circa 1855. Finely crafted of floral printed and orange silk. / Source: MET Museum.

American Evening Dress dated 1860-1862. Finely crafted of rust orange and black brocade silk. / Source: MET Museum.

American Evening Dress dated 1860-1862. Finely crafted of rust orange and black brocade silk. / Source: MET Museum.

American Dress, circa 1880. Finely crafted of orange silk, cotton, and glass beads. / Source: MET Museum.

American Dress, circa 1880. Finely crafted of orange silk, cotton, and glass beads. / Source: MET Museum.

American Dress with matching Dolman, circa 1882. Finely crafted of luxurious brown velvet and trimmed with intricate embroidery, bead-work, and tassels. Source: MET Museum.

American Dress with matching Dolman, circa 1882. Finely crafted of luxurious brown velvet and trimmed with intricate embroidery, bead-work, and tassels. / Source: MET Museum.

American Dress with matching Dolman, circa 1882. Finely crafted of luxurious brown velvet and trimmed with intricate embroidery, beadwork, and tassels. Source: MET Museum.

American Dress with matching Dolman, circa 1882. Finely crafted of luxurious brown velvet and trimmed with intricate embroidery, bead-work, and tassels. / Source: MET Museum.

American Gown, circa 1887. Finely crafted of emerald green wool with trimmings of orange silk piping and glass beading.

American Gown, circa 1887. Finely crafted of emerald green wool with trimmings of orange silk piping and glass beading. / Source: MET Museum

American Wedding Dress, circa 1879. Finely crafted of a rusted red silk. / Source: MET Museum.

American Wedding Dress, circa 1879. Finely crafted of a rusted red silk. / Source: MET Museum.

American Dress with muff, circa 1889. Finely crafted of burgundy silk velvet with embroidered panels and ruffled collar. / Source: MET Museum.

American Dress with muff, circa 1889. Finely crafted of burgundy silk velvet with embroidered panels and ruffled collar. / Source: MET Museum.

American Afternoon Dress, circa 1885. Finely crafted of forest green velvet and passementerie trim influenced by Arts and Crafts design. / Source: MET Museum.

American Afternoon Dress, circa 1885. Finely crafted of forest green velvet and passementerie trim influenced by Arts and Crafts design. / Source: MET Museum.

American Dress with matching Dolman, circa 1885. Designed by Mme. Uoll Gross (American) to be worn in an open top carriage. Finely crafted of wine hued velvet, silk, and jet beading.

American Dress with matching Dolman, circa 1885. Designed by Mme. Uoll Gross (American) to be worn in an open top carriage. Finely crafted of wine hued velvet, silk, and jet beading. / Source: MET Museum

American Dress with matching Dolman, circa 1885. Designed by Mme. Uoll Gross (American) to be worn in an open top carriage. Finely crafted of wine hued velvet, silk, and jet beading.

American Dress with matching Dolman, circa 1885. Designed by Mme. Uoll Gross (American) to be worn in an open top carriage. Finely crafted of wine hued velvet, silk, and jet beading. / Source: MET Museum

American Day Dress dated early 1850’s. Finely crafted of taffeta and twilled satin plaid in hues of orange, brown, and black. / Source: Augusta Auctions.

American Day Dress dated early 1850’s. Finely crafted of taffeta and twilled satin plaid in hues of orange, brown, and black. / Source: Augusta Auctions.

Which autumnal dress is your favorite? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. And for those who’d like to see more Victorian fashions, you’re welcome to Follow my Crinolines & Coat-tails board on Pinterest and Like the 21st Century Victorian Lady Community on Facebook!

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