Victorian Wearable Art
The Victorian era ran roughly from the 1830’s to the early 1900’s. The period saw many changes in fashion, including changes in styles, fashion technology and the methods of distribution. Various movement in architecture, literature, and the decorative and visual arts also influenced fashion.
The La Porte County Historical Society Museum is celebrating Victorian fashion in its spring 2017 display entitled “Victorian Wearable Art.” Many Victorian bodices have been carefully removed from storage and placed on special hangers, constructed for this purpose by museum volunteer, Larry Wade. Along with the bodices are Victorian fans, hankies, shawls, etc. all from the Historical Society’s collection of La Porte County family-owned artifacts.
Under Queen Victoria's rule, England enjoyed a period of economic growth along with technological advancement. Mass production of sewing machines in the 1850s as well as the advent of synthetic dyes introduced major changes in fashion. Clothing could be made quicker and more cheaply. Interest in fashion magazines was on the rise. The display may be seen on the lower level of the museum, in Exhibit Hall.