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

Victorian to Edwardian fashion silhouettes. Now this would make a great print vintage fashion style history

Evening or dinner dress, Mme. Gabrielle, Paris, ca. early 1870s. Mme. Gabrielle, while not as well-known now, was as respected in her day as Charles Worth and other top Parisian designers. Charleston Museum Tumblr

Evening or dinner dress, Mme. Gabrielle, while not as well-known now, was as respected in her day as Charles Worth and other top Parisian designers.

An Charles Frederick Worth wedding gown worn around I loved the dramatic elaborate style to this dress and I also liked the soft baby pink colour of the garment. The ruffles of the dress give the dress more depth and texture.

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Evening dress, Catherine Donovan (New York), Peach satin with ivory lace re-embroidered in silk. Neckline and arms decorated with cream glass and gold-painted cut steel beads.

Embroidered Floral Evening Shoes in the Manner of Late 18th Century, USA. c. 1886. Shoe Icons: http://eng.shoe-icons.com/collection/object.htm?id=1448

Possibly the kind of shoes Cecily would wear as she is rich. Possibly not if she was just in her garden but she may have changed when company arrived.

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