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Yes, dear reader, you have read the date correctly. After all this time of dissing Victorian fashions, I’ve decided to rethink the matter. Partly because sticking to the first 37 years of the 19th century (pre-Victoria) has grown a little … boring. Partly because I’ve been reading Dickens again. Partly because I truly believe that every fashion period has certain bright points. And partly because a great many more historical romance authors are now setting their stories in the Victorian era, and their ladies, too, deserve attention.
So I present for your consideration what’s always been one of my least favorite fashion eras—the mid-nineteenth century. Although it’s hard to escape the “woman in a cage” or "bell-shaped female" image, I’m ready to reinterpret, and see what's pretty about the styles. Are you? I think we can agree that this plate is quite beautifully done, in any case.
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