Welcome to Williamsburg Rose 19th Century Ladies' Fashions

featuring a variety of Formal and Informal styles for the modern 19th Century Woman's historical activities.

Whether you are looking for something with a difference for daytime wear, a custom ensemble for a special event at an historic mansion, or trying to find the perfect gown for making an entrance at a Vintage-era ball, you're sure to find something to please your personal fashion style in our selection below!

This collection of Ladies' wear represents a number of typical and attractive styles worn during the 19th Century. Outfits are suited for the modern figure, and can be worn with or without corsetry. From the late 1850's through the 1880's, gowns used some type of skirt support - hoopskirt petticoat or bustle, though all these styles may be ordered without this option.

Please state whether your gown should be cut to be worn with or without a hoopskirt or bustle (if sutable to the era). All outfits are available in the Fabrics stated in the descriptions. Not all colors are available in each of these fabrics. Day Dresses may also be ordered in cotton solids and prints. Prices for gowns in silk upon request.

When ordering, please give 1st, 2nd and 3rd color choices, or send color samples- they will be matched as closely as possible. Unless noted, outfits are done in a single fabric type only. Gowns fitted to be worn over hoopskirts are a minimum of 135" around the bottom hem. All outfits close with back-lacing unless otherwise specified. Co-ordinating millinery and accessories available; prices upon request.

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Regency Gown with underdress & Turban
cotton underdress, embroidered organza overdress

1860 Ball gown
bodice & skirt
Silk & Velvet, ivory laces

1870's Summer Ensemble
3 pieces
printed & solid cotton

1870's Winter Ensemble
3 pieces green Velvet & plaid taffeta

1898 Worth inspired ballgown
black velvet with white satin

1903 Summer White daydress

1906 Reception Gown
bodice & skirt
brown taffest & black lace

1913 Evening Dress
slip, ivory lace gown, brocade and black lace tunic

Williamsburg Rose Historic 19th century Fashions
Regency Fashions 1800-1820's

0's Regency Day gown

Typical of the "Empire" silhouette of the era, this graceful day dress has a low, round neckline edged in white lace to give a face-framing collar effect.
The sleeves have a short, puffed shoulder with a longer daytime full length and flared cuff. Small darts shape the bust.
The skirt is moderately full, falling from the high waistline. Dress laces in back over a modesty placket.
Available in cotton prints or solid colors;
Please state 1st, 2nd, 3rd color choices
Price. . . . . . . . . . . . $190

1800's Regency Evening Gown

Reflecting the period fascination for "Classical" styles, this elegant dress is made in a more tailored style. A gathered, high waisted gown, plain in front, revealsl a cascade of bows down the back of the bodice and skirt, with more bows as a fashion acccent on the split sleeves. This style is available in the soft drapery of solid-color satins only, with co-ordinating ribbon trimming
Available in formal fabric of satin or faux silk
Price . . . . . . . $225

1800's "Austen"Evening Gown

Styled after a formal English gown, this version has a high-waisted, fitted bodice of satin or velvet, in a deep, rich color, which is trimmed around the low, square neckline and on the short puff sleeves. The skirt has a small ruffle at the hem, and is cut to move gracefully, (following period shaping);skirt can be made in either the traditional white or a pastel version of the bodice color.

Available in formal fabric of satin or faux silk
Price . . . . . . . $225

Romantic-era Fashions 1830'sVictorian-era Romance 1850's - 1860's

1830's Day Dress
This day dress has a gathered bodice with a round neck edged in lace. Long sleeves have a puffed shoulder and are wrist length and cuffed. A full skirt is trimmed with a self-ruffle a few inches above the hem. A lace-edged short white cotton pelerine is included (shown with one side back over the shoulder to show the dress neckline, and one end tucked under the self-fabric belt.)
Available in cotton prints and solids only . . . . . . . $300


1830's Evening Gown (right)
Styled after "Romantic" fashions, this gown has a fitted bodice with "sweet-heart" neckline and a shirred 'V' of self-fabric at the center front. Short puffed sleeves are emphasized by wide lace ruffles, and finished with lace edging. The full, bell-shaped skirt is trimmed with a rich, wide lace ruffle and there is a bow & streamers at the waist.
Available in Solid color Satin or Faux Shantung Silk . . . . . . . $350

Victorian Day Ensemble

This day dress, adapted from an American ensemble in the Brooklyn Museum, is in fact a two-piece outfit. The flared jacket has a fitted bodice with a dainty lace collar, and closes down the front with gold or silver metallic buttons. The sleeves (which have a fitted, modern shoulder-line for ease and comfort, not the period 'dropped' shoulder) have "mancherons"(epaulettes) at the shoulders and 'pagoda' shaped hanging sleeves beneath. White cotton 'engagents' are gathered into a full lower sleeve and cuff. Self fabric ruching emphasizes the seam lines of the jacket. The skirt is plain, with a fitted waistband.Solid colors only
Specify Cotton or Satin fabric and color preference for ensemble
and gold or silver color for buttons . . . . . . . $300


Victorian Evening Gown

Inspired by an actual gown, this formal style features a close-fitting bodice with dainty, gathered short puffed sleeves and a low, round neckline. Two deep tiers of gathered flounces fall from the slightly pointed front waistline to create a full, swinging skirt, and are decorated with frothy, gathered lace at each layer. The same lace also borders the neckline of the bodice as a gathered bertha, which features a color co-ordinated flower placed at the center front. The gown is one piece, fastening in the back with a lace and placket closing. Matching lace and ribbon headdress included.
Available in Solid color Satin or Faux Shantung Silk
Please specify fabric and color choices . . . . . . . $350

Late-Century Style 1870's - 1880's

1870's Day Dress

Jacket/dress with buttoned front & bustled back; V-neck with center front bow; long sleeves. Separate skirt.
Self-ruching trim on jacket & skirt. Outfit can be made in all solid or a print and solid color combination(print gown, solid skirt)

Available in cotton fabrics only
Price . . . . $350


1870's Evening Gown

3-pieces Ensemble; Sleeveless, fitted bodice with lace draping & flowers at neckline. Separate lace top skirt has lace edging and bow at back; Solid-color underskirt has hem flounce & lace trim.

Can be done in 1 or 2 colors;
Available in Solid color Satin or Faux Shantung Silk
with Black or White Lace

please state 1,2,3rd color preferences
Price. . . . . . . . .$500

Small Bustle

Lighweight, of white cotton, with waist tie;
easily collapsed for storage
Price. . . . . . . . . $30

Full Bustle

full length version supports regular or
heavier gowns ;of heavy cotton
Price. . . .$125

Gay Ninties 1890's - 1900

1890's Day Dress

Clean, simple lines on this model feature a yoke-style bodice with centered gathers at the natural waistline.
"Leg-of-mutton" wrist length sleeve. High neckline with ruched trimming. Victorian style, A-line gored skirt

Plain or Victorian-style cottons; please state color preference.
Price . . . . . . . .$375

1890's Evening Gown

Dramatic "Princess" gown has a low, square neckline and lines that skim, and slim, the figure of any Gibson girl. Half-length puffed sleeves of lace fabric are finished with a wide gathered lace ruffle, and even more lace is draped and gathered horizontally along the front decolletage. Fashion flair is added by the wide bows and long streamers falling front the shoulders to the hem.

Stunning in Black and White or colors

available in solid colors - smooth Satin or slubbed Shantung fabric
Price . . . . . . . .$450

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