Victorian Heart Shoppe Mall bids you welcome to our Fifth Avenue Shoppes! All of them have a flair for that personalized, feminine touch of a bygone era. This avenue features exclusive decorations to dress yourself or your home. We represent that Victorian look from antique picture hangers to clothing and collectibles. Our fine assortment of Victorian gifts will make all of your gift-giving easy. Relax and browse our storefront displays, then click the link beneath each window to enter that shop. In a hurry, click here to view our mini directory.
Victorian Era Tidbits: "In 1857 the Englishman Charles Worth set up a Paris fashion house at 7 Rue de la Paix a then unfashionable Paris district. In 1858 he made a collection of clothes that were unsolicited designs. He showed the clothes on live models and when people bought his original designs he became a leading fashion design couturier of the Victorian era. Until that time fashion details and changes were suggested by the customers. The House of Worth became a leader of ideas for the next 30 years. Haute Couture during the Victorian period was an ideal foil for conspicuous consumption. Fragile gauze dresses decorated with flowers and ribbons that were made for wealthy young women were only intended to be worn for one or two evenings and then cast aside as they soiled and crushed so easily. Silk flowers, froths of tulle and pleated gauze trims would have emphasized the innocence of virginal girls whilst signaling their availability on the marriage market. Such conspicuous waste and conspicuous consumption were hallmarks of Victorian high living. Older, married more senior women wore statelier fabrics like heavy satins, crisp silks and plush velvet. It was thought good etiquette to dress according to one's position in society and that also meant not wearing clothes more suited to a younger woman."
(Information from www.fashion-era.com/early_victorian_fashion.htm)