The Bonfire of Destiny is a film on Netflix about 1897, a massive fire at a building holding the Charity Bazaar for Paris’ elite killed 125 people, many of whom were aristocratic women. The Bonfire of Destiny is based on a true story.
The display of the Victorian era is stupendous. It’s why I am predicting the come back of the lace shirt blouse.
1890-1899 Fashion History Timeline
The 1890s styles were plainer, simpler, and more practical. Women had more freedom in their clothing choices and often sported reform clothing for outdoor activities like biking or horse riding.
Also notable is the widespread use of the shirtwaist or blouse and skirt. The walking skirts in the 1890s were made to clear the ground.
The dominant skirt shape was the swooping tulip of bell form, which was snug and smooth over the hips. The shirt flared dramatically to a wide hem.
Trim was largely concentrated on the bodice in the early 1890s. The fabrics used were, lace, braids, puffs, frills, gathers, tucks, pleats, and fancy collars. By 1898, the bodice trim was extended down to the whole body.
The designer is loved the Victorian era was Alexander McQueen.
Lace Shirt Blouses
After 1892, the puff expanded around the upper arm. Leg-o’-mutton (or gigot) sleeves, characterized by their extreme fullness and puffiness from the shoulder to the elbow were fashionable at this time.
The sleeves are one of the most distinguishing features of the 1890s costume. In 1890, the sleeve was very tight on the upper arm, and a puff was set vertically, high on the shoulder.
By 1896, the sleeve extended almost horizontally from the shoulder without any drooping lines. A range of other shoulder-enhancing trim was seen on the bodice.
The design was done by haute couture designer Angela Facchini. She did these sleeves on my Pucci beach pyjama. You can place your order with her.
By 1898, the sleeve was tight, with a small, full, ball-shaped puff set very high on the arm.
Blouse With A Button Hood
I love this combination as you can detach the hood from the lace blouse. Imagine this shirt with a detachable hood.
The bishop sleeve (a full sleeve extending from shoulder and gathered at the wrist) still remained popular, although not as stylish and contemporary.
The corset bodices were lace and very important regarding highlighting the figure of women. Now seen on many wedding dresses today. I am predicting this will return with women wanting similar styles from the Victorian era. Team it with the iconic Victorian sleeves and you have a stunning niche wedding dress.