Victorian Fashions for Women by Fiona Kay, Neil Storey

Victorian Fashions for Women by Fiona Kay, Neil Storey* is a fascinating book on Victorian fashion. It has 70 photos and those pictures offer a good insight into how fashion evolved. I like that the photos are both spread out in the book and also a few are bunched together. For this kind of book is the best way to include them.

The book covers the period between 1840s to the 1890s, inclusive. Each decade has its own chapter and there are two more chapters dedicated to working women and to mourning. Victorian fashion changed a lot, crinoline cage was introduced and the smaller ones were comfortable, something that is mentioned in the book. Usually historians focus only on the negatives of the crinolines, when in fact they were comfortable to wear. I talk from experience when it comes to crinoline cage. When it got to sizes that were way too large than it was a different situation.

Victorian Fashions for Women by Fiona Kay, Neil Storey

The book is short, but the information is nicely presented and it makes for a fast-pace read. It covers topics such as jewellery and accessories too. I had some assumptions regarding black jewellery for example and it was nice to discover that the situation was much more complex. I would highly recommend this book. You can discover all sorts of details on corsets, about shoes in which a rather strange trend emerged at some point, what women wore for outdoor pursuits, and many more.

Victorian Fashions for Women by Fiona Kay, Neil Storey

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes!
Published by: Pen & Sword History
Year it was published: 2022
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): History – Victorian
Pages: 192

About the author: Neil Storey graduated of the University of East Anglia, he lectures widely on 20th Century history and has assembled a fine collection of original First and Second World War images.
Some of his works include The British Soldier of the Second World War, Women in the Second World War and The Home Front in World War Two. The King’s Men: The Sandringham Company and Norfolk Regiment Territorial Battalions 1914 – 1918 and Beating the Nazi Invader.
Neil appears on numerous television and radio programmes as a guest expert including BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are.

Fiona Kay has a lifelong interest in military and social history with a special focus on the roles played by women in both World Wars. She has her own extensive collection of portrait and family photographs, books, magazines and ephemera that record the history of fashion and society from the mid-19th century to the 1950s. She also collects vintage clothing and has participated in historical events and exhibitions all over the UK. Fiona lectures on dating family photographs and was a regular member of family photograph interpretation expert team at the prestigious Who Do You Think You Are? Live! events.
Website & Social Media Links: Pen and Sword

*I was sent a copy of Victorian Fashions for Women by Fiona Kay, Neil Storey for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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