It was a time of excess and accessories.
Along with the values of the era, Victorian corsets were tightly wound and extreme.They illustration the epitome of youth, class and solidified the representation of social status.
The increase of women in the workforce after industrialization reflected in the layers of fabric in extravagant textures and brighter colors. Women were no longer meek, they had style.
The upper-class continued to wear top hats, and bowler hats were worn by the working class. Ties were loosely fastened and coats became shorter. The rules had slightly loosened too.
Horse and buggies cluttered numerous streets,while steam trains were ridden by those from the country.
Known as “hobby horses” bicycles were typically rode by the young and labelled as absurd by the prude. Things were changing.
Roofs were steep and irregular. Texture, texture, texture. Accessories were placed strategically and in volumes to avoid plain and smooth walls. Think asymmetrical.
It’s important to not just recognize the top ten percent. A realistic portrayal includes more than one family (on average 6 people of more) sharing a one room apartment. They were without plumbing, and without much societal opportunity to change.
Sarah Siddon was the best known actress to act for the part of Lady Macbeth in live theater in the 18th century.
Tennyson was a writer who devoted his work to the love of nature and romance. Poems were often published surrounding these themes inspired by the classical era of literature.