Fashion in the house – c. 1865

I thought this photo was interesting because it’s a rare view for the period of a well-dressed couple in their reception room. Most 1860s photos were done in a studio – this type of candid shot doesn’t become common until cheap brownie box cameras appear around the turn of the century.  The gentleman is in an informal pose with his right foot atop his left knee, creating a place to rest the book he is reading. 

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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2 Responses to Fashion in the house – c. 1865

  1. liz says:

    There is so much going on in this room, I love it. It is an excellent example of Victorian bricabracomania.

    • Jonathan says:

      And with that skirt sweeping around, its surprising that much Victorian bric-a-brac has survived!

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