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5 Victorian-Era Fashion Trends – HISTORY

The Victorian Era, which spanned the length of Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 to 1901, was a period of rapid economic and social change, driven by the Industrial Revolution. This had profound impacts on every industry—including fashion. As clothing became cheaper and faster to make, it became accessible to the masses.

“Everything from spinning to weaving to steam-molding corsets became industrialized, which meant fashions became readily available across the class spectrum,” says Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at FIT.