TARTAN FASHION - VICTORIANA

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See below for a collection of vintage images showing the influence of Scottish tartan patterns on the fashionable set in this period.

Under Queen Victoria's rule, England enjoyed a period of economic growth along with technological advancement. Mass production of sewing machines in the 1850s as well as the advent of synthetic dyes introduced major changes in fashion.   Silhouettes changed radically between the 1830s and 1890s, requiring very different foundation garments to support the desired shapes and styles. ​

The Collection

1859

1859

Be elegant with just a touch of tartan in your Victorian sash and hair dressing - Les Modes Parisienne, Paris Fashion plate 906, hand-colored from 1859. Six flounces too, count them six!

1875

1875

By the 1870s, fullness in the skirt had moved to the rear, where elaborately draped overskirts were held in place by tapes and supported by a bustle.

1881

1881

June 1881, new fashions straight from Paris The early 1880s were characterized by an over-ornamented silhouette with contrasting texture and frivolous accessories.

1887

1887

The perfect tartan seaside tartan ensemble, along with jaunty hat. Or, if you're fond of anchors, the other suit. In any case, avoid wet, dripping crustaceans.

c. 1830s

c. 1830s

c. 1830s fashion tartan in a miniature portrait, artist unknown.

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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