Victorian Dresses

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Introduction M970.25.1 M22148.1-2 M974.41.4.1-2 M984.150.34.1-2 M20390


Styles in women's clothing varied widely from the beginning to the end of the Victorian Era. Towards the end of that era, clothing was increasingly factory-made and sold in large, fixed price department stores. The introduction of the lock-stitch sewing machine in mid-century simplified both home and boutique dressmaking, and enabled a fashion for lavish application of trim that would have been prohibitively time-consuming if done by hand. Lace machinery made lace at a fraction of the cost of the old, laborious methods.