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100 Verisimilar Victorian Looks

This 19th Century-Inspired Couture Goes Way Beyond Retro

— April 17, 2012 — Naughty
The term "retro" does not truly capture the depth of these Victorian looks. Couture and editorials inspired by the aesthetic sensibilities of the 20th century are one thing; reaching over a hundred years back in time to an era without cars, telephones and refrigerators for inspiration is quite another.

People lived much more austerely in the 19th century than they do now. Compared to the contemporary era, there were few creature comforts. The clothing of the Victorians, in many ways, reflects the lives these people led. Adjectives like restrained, dark and dour come to mind. Even their underwear was rigid; corsets may be elegant and feminine; they may even be sexy, but they are rarely if ever comfortable.

Modern fashion designers have drawn much inspiration from the Victorian period yet have relaxed some of its more severe aspects. The resulting look is defined, dark and sharp.
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Wizardly Victorian Jewelry
Wizardly Victorian Jewelry
Wear Your Favorite Characters with the Etsy Iconic Earrings Shop
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99
Hip Victorian Fashion
Hip Victorian Fashion
The Suzanne Rae Fall Winter 2011 Collection Mixes Modern and Classic Styles
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98
Bride of Frankenstein Hairdos
Bride of Frankenstein Hairdos
Kristen Stewart Covers Elle June 2010 With Super-Sized Hair
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97
Pixlelated Victorian Paintings
Pixlelated Victorian Paintings
Cali Rezo Uses Computer Programs to Paint Portraits
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96
Chic Top Hats
Chic Top Hats
Nicole Richie's Classy Sophisticated Fall Collection for Winter Kate
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95
Transparent Lace Maxis
Transparent Lace Maxis
The Stolen Girlfriend's Club A/W 2012 Collection is Sweetly Dazzling
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94
Darkly Romantic Boudoir Shoots
Darkly Romantic Boudoir Shoots
Jessica Chastain Stars on the Cover of AnOther Magazine Spring 2012
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93
Dreamy Ethereal Spreads
Dreamy Ethereal Spreads
The Zen by Amber Gray Editorial is Full of Soft Beauty
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92
Vampy Waterfront Shoots
Vampy Waterfront Shoots
'Dark Classics' by Mariya Sabotinova Takes Victorian Glam to the Deck
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91
Opulent Victorianography
Opulent Victorianography
The Simon Duhamel 'Delacrimatorium' Looks Delicious
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90
Gothic Lakeside Shoots
Gothic Lakeside Shoots
The Quality Magazine 'Moderne Mythen' Editorial is Darkly Elegant
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89
Victorian-Chic Menswear
Victorian-Chic Menswear
The Iceberg Fall Winter 2012 Line is Prim and Proper
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88
Copper Couture
Copper Couture
Emma Whiteside Goes Eco-Victorian With Upcycled Gown
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87
Tea Party Couture
Tea Party Couture
'It's 5 O'Clock' by Artur Sadovski is Ready for Crumpets
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86
Suit-Wearing Skaters
Suit-Wearing Skaters
'What Became of the Likely Lads' in Metal Magazine
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85
Frothy Gothic Fashion
Frothy Gothic Fashion
The John Rocha AW11 Collection is Full of Dark Drama
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84
Aging Scholar Runways
Aging Scholar Runways
The Yohji Yamamoto Fall/Winter 2012 Show is Impeccably Layered
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83
Scandalous Victorian Jewelry
Scandalous Victorian Jewelry
These Wilfredo Rosado Pieces Have Cheeky Classic Appeal
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82
Bandaged Lace-Up Pumps
Bandaged Lace-Up Pumps
Elizabeth and James Booties Have Come to Your Fashion Rescue
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81
Beheaded Victorian Brooches
Beheaded Victorian Brooches
The Krista R. 'Barococo' Jewelry is Delightfully Doll-Like
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80
Poised Couture Celebtography
Poised Couture Celebtography
The Vogue May 2010 Spread Featuring Sarah Jessica Parker
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79
Victorian Smurf Fashion
Victorian Smurf Fashion
The Yohji Yamamoto Spring/Summer 2011 Collection
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78
Victorian Hunk Photoblogs
Victorian Hunk Photoblogs
My Daguerreotype Boyfriend Tumblr Looks at Men from the Past
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77
Top Hat Revivals
Top Hat Revivals
Gene Fedorenko Plays Ringmaster for Zachery Michael
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Victorian Gothic Ruffles
Victorian Gothic Ruffles
The Viktor and Rolf Pre-Fall 2012 Line is Elegant and Dramatic
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75
Haunting Lace-Infused Runways
Haunting Lace-Infused Runways
The Lucian Matis Fall 2012 Collection is Elegant and Moody
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Glamorous Goth Runways
Glamorous Goth Runways
The Prada Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 Collection Features Embellished Accents
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73
Modern Victorian Accessories
Modern Victorian Accessories
The Michelle Lowe Holder AW10 Collection is Eco-Ethical
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Rainbow Sherbet Updos
Rainbow Sherbet Updos
Technicolor Tresses Accent the Yohji Yamamoto Fall 2011 Collection
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Victorian Autumn Fashion
Victorian Autumn Fashion
Stella Mccartney Fall 2009 Collection is Victoriously Lacy
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Dramatic Gothic Fashion
Dramatic Gothic Fashion
The Paul Costelloe AW10 Collection at London Fashion Week
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Dark Otherworldly Fashion
Dark Otherworldly Fashion
The Barbara i Gongini AW11 Collection is Luxuriously Looming
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Dark Mistress Pictorials
Dark Mistress Pictorials
The Marietta Dallapozza SCHMUCK Magazine September 2010 Issue
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Gothic Victorian Illustrations
Gothic Victorian Illustrations
Michelle Araujo Creates Eye-Catching Surreal Masterpieces
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Straitlaced Victorian Spreads
Straitlaced Victorian Spreads
Schon #12 by Pierre Dal Corso Lets the Corset Out a Little Loose
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Curtain Couture
Curtain Couture
Dolce & Gabbana Fall ‘09 Makes Miniskirts From Tapestries & Tassels
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Poofy Red-Head Pictorials
Poofy Red-Head Pictorials
The Strand Arcade Autumn/Winter 2011 Campaign Features Tiah Eckhardt
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Gothic Fur Fashions
Gothic Fur Fashions
The Julien Macdonald Fall 2011 is Moody and Mysterious
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Regal Face Masks
Regal Face Masks
Abby Lee Kershaw Looks Like Royalty at the Vogue Paris 90th Anniversary
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Aristocratic Vampiric Shoots
Aristocratic Vampiric Shoots
Gabriele Fogli's La Fille Serieuse is Elegantly Dark
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Doom & Gloom Photo Shoots
Doom & Gloom Photo Shoots
Soon Tong's Hot 'Black Magic' for Amica Singapore
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Victorian Shoulder Pads
Victorian Shoulder Pads
The Rachel Freire Ruffle Bolero is a Classic and Bold Look
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Plastic Wrap Headdresses
Plastic Wrap Headdresses
Kate Cusack's 'Tiffany Wigs' Feature a Few Amazing Design Details
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Formal Lingerie Looks
Formal Lingerie Looks
This Mariacarla Boscono HM Magazine Spread is One Classy Collection
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Baroque Fashion Campaigns
Baroque Fashion Campaigns
The Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Leon Max Fall 2010 Campaign is Decadent
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Victorian Punk Jewels
Victorian Punk Jewels
'Harem Royal' is a Gothic-Inspired Collection by Roman
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Antiquated Adoration Photography
Antiquated Adoration Photography
The 'Neovictorian' Portfolio Displays Womanly Love
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Modern Victorian Menswear
Modern Victorian Menswear
The Tom Lander 'Glamorous Winter' Spread for Dazed Magazine
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Classic Victorian Jewelry
Classic Victorian Jewelry
Etsy User Shannon Hedges Uses Crystals to Create Subtle Beauty
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51
Lavish Lace Dresses
Lavish Lace Dresses
The Nada Spring 2010 Show at Toronto Fashion Week
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Wiry Headwear
Wiry Headwear
'3 Queens' by Dominik Smialowski is Awash in Winter White
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Mellow Fairytale Photography
Mellow Fairytale Photography
Hanging Rock Reimagined has a Silken Sensuality
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Victorian Goth Vixens
Victorian Goth Vixens
The Harper's Bazaar August 2010 Shoot by Marcin Tyszka is Dark
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Fierce French Maid Fashion
Fierce French Maid Fashion
The Andrew Gn Fall 2012 Collection is Sultry and Chic
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Victorian Kidtography
Victorian Kidtography
Ruadh DeLone 'Verminders' Shoot Takes Children Back in Time
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Edgy Victorian
Edgy Victorian
For Fall 2009, Collette Dinnigan Makes ‘Prim and Proper' Edgy
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Lace-Up Top Hats
Lace-Up Top Hats
GypsyLadyHats Blends Victorian Steampunk and the Mad Hatter
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Sustainable Lace Accessories
Sustainable Lace Accessories
The Amanda White Vintage Lace Collection is Romantic & Breathtaking
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Equestrian Runway Shows
Equestrian Runway Shows
Christian Dior Spring 2010 Haute Couture Brings Out the Whips
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Crucified Winter Fashions
Crucified Winter Fashions
The Asger Juel Larsen FW 2011 Line Gets Gothically Tribal
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Burlesque Fashion Reconstructions
Burlesque Fashion Reconstructions
Quirky Couture by Raggedy Rags
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Victorian-Inspired Lingerie Shoots
Victorian-Inspired Lingerie Shoots
Stefan Dani for Rumours Magazine Captures Vintage Intimates
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Victorian Eye Patches
Victorian Eye Patches
'Supperate' Creates Eerie Gothic Eyewear
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Decadent Victorian Editorials
Decadent Victorian Editorials
Royalty Reigns With Paco Peregrin for White Sposa
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Modern Victorian Editorials
Modern Victorian Editorials
Massimo Fossati's 'La Vera Prosperita' Shows the Luxury of Prosperity
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Lace Corset Stilettos
Lace Corset Stilettos
Boots Reign Supreme for Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2010 Shoes
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Lux Leather Collars
Lux Leather Collars
Lucia Giacani Shows Victorian-Inspired Neck Wear
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Victorian Vanity Photography
Victorian Vanity Photography
Anna Miminoshvili Captures Classic Beauties Dramatically
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Vaporous Victorian Photography
Vaporous Victorian Photography
Stefan Giftthaler's Secrets are Memories Series is Mysterious
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Victorian Girl Fights
Victorian Girl Fights
The ACNE Paper Spring/Summer 2010 'It's My Party' Shoot is Scary Fun
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Fairytale Fashionista Spreads
Fairytale Fashionista Spreads
The Giselle Bundchen Harper's Bazaar Spread Glows With Glamour
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Luxe Metallic Frocks
Luxe Metallic Frocks
The Gareth Pugh Winter 2011/2012 Collection is Glamorously Dark
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Futuristic Victorian Fashion
Futuristic Victorian Fashion
The Morfium Metropolis Collection is Fit to be Worn by Queen Amidala
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Edgy Victorian Photography
Edgy Victorian Photography
The Olivier 1842 Portfolio Brings Darkness to the 19th Century
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Victorian Fashion for Today
Victorian Fashion for Today
Eyola is Dazzling
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Victorian Fannypacks
Victorian Fannypacks
SWANclothing Ruffle Bustle Bum Bag
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Military-Inspired Formal Attire
Military-Inspired Formal Attire
Dapper Classics in the F/W 2009 Zara Menswear Lookbook
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Gothic Ocean Shoots
Gothic Ocean Shoots
The Half-Light Beach 2 Editorial Offers a Second Macabre Dose
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Aristocratic Collar Editorials
Aristocratic Collar Editorials
The Michelle Lowe-Holder SS 2012 Lookbook is Pink-Hued
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Vixen Victorian Jewelry
Vixen Victorian Jewelry
The Michal Negrin 2011 Jewelry Collection is Vintage and Chic
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Dark Victorian Spreads
Dark Victorian Spreads
Flair December 2010 Issue is Enchantingly Beautiful
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Victorian Celebtography
Victorian Celebtography
Vanity Fair March 2010 Uncovers Young Hollywood
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Gothic-Glam Fashion
Gothic-Glam Fashion
The Vogue Turkey November 2010 Issue Mixes Edgy and Elegant
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Victorian Costume Snapshots
Victorian Costume Snapshots
The Laroache Brothers Photography Time Travels
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Glamorous Gothic Starlet Shoots
Glamorous Gothic Starlet Shoots
The Kristen Stewart Vogue Italia November 2011 Shoot is Stunning
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Beautiful Baroque Photography
Beautiful Baroque Photography
Guli Cohen's Michal Negren '11 Series is Stunningly Victorian
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Gothic Sheer Fashion
Gothic Sheer Fashion
The Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2012 Collection is Dramatically Feminine
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Gothic Lolita Looks
Gothic Lolita Looks
Bibian Blue's Collection at 080 Barcelona Fashion Show is Hot
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Victorian Wedding Wear
Victorian Wedding Wear
Harper's Bazaar Romania May 2010 has Cornelia Tat Classically Dressed
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Victorian Clown Photography
Victorian Clown Photography
The Paco Peregrin 'Spectacular' Editorial is Dark and Dramatic
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Girlie Gothic Frocks
Girlie Gothic Frocks
These Laura Flook Dress Designs are Flirty and Whimsical
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Gothic Raven Photography
Gothic Raven Photography
Natalie Shau 'Fashion Works' Moves Away from Typical Digi-Art
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Underbust Corsets
Underbust Corsets
Victorian Goth Burlesque-Inspired Underthings by Bizarre Boudoir
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Military Menswear
Military Menswear
Designers Do Battle On the Runway for Fall 2009
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Glamorous Gothic Couture
Glamorous Gothic Couture
These Ludivine Poiblanc Looks are Elegantly Dark
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Haunted Baroque Editorials
Haunted Baroque Editorials
Coco Rocha in the Vogue Korea 'Legend of Fall' Shoot
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Powdered Victorian Editorials
Powdered Victorian Editorials
Models Feign Royalty for 'Lady Grey' in Vogue Italia
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Futuristic Victorian Fashion
Futuristic Victorian Fashion
The Alexander McQueen AW10 Collection is Beautifully Bittersweet
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Half-Bust Corsets
Half-Bust Corsets
Antiseptic Fashion Hypsipyle Leather Corset Features Strategic Cutouts
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Victorian-Era Editorials
Victorian-Era Editorials
Emily Blunt is Regal in 'There Will be Beauty' for Vanity Fair
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