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By 1842, Victoria would have been, 23, and trying to appear very grown up. The skirts are widening (as are the hips and bust line after bearing two children), and do so even more in 1847 when she would have already had five children.

The Shape of the Times

By 1842, Victoria would have been, 23, and trying to appear very grown up. The skirts are widening (as are the hips and bust line after bearing two children), and do so even more in 1847 when she would have already had five children.

Evening gown, Joseph, New York, 1913. Royal purple panné silk with short-sleeved silk lace V-neck bodice asymmetrically draped in gold metallic mesh. High jeweled midriff band with clear center and magenta paste butterfly. Hobble skirt layered over short train. Whitaker Auctions

Evening gown, Joseph, New York, 1913. Royal purple panné silk with short-sleeved silk lace V-neck bodice asymmetrically draped in gold metallic mesh. High jeweled midriff band with clear center and magenta paste butterfly. Hobble skirt layered over short train. Whitaker Auctions

Evening dress, House of Worth, 1914. Silk. Metropolitan Museum of Art | Art Nouveau                                                                                                                                                      More

Evening dress, House of Worth, 1914. Silk. Metropolitan Museum of Art | Art Nouveau More

Paris, Tuileries Gardens, 4th June 1906 | 1905-1908: Edwardian Street Fashion in London and Paris

Paris, Tuileries Gardens, 4th June 1906 | 1905-1908: Edwardian Street Fashion in London and Paris

My God!  Look at that waist!  I wish we could still dress like this (minus the corsets of course)

My God! Look at that waist! I wish we could still dress like this (minus the corsets of course)

I love these kind of dresses. I wish that we still used these kind of dresses! I love the old days when you had to walk or ride everywhere!!

I love these kind of dresses. I wish that we still used these kind of dresses! I love the old days when you had to walk or ride everywhere!!