Portrait of Mrs Walter Crane, F. Traditionally-trained dress historians are equipped to date the appearance of figures depicted in art forms as diverse as Greek Attic vases, wood carvings, tomb effigies, manuscript illuminations, oil paintings on canvas, portrait miniatures and Victorian studio photographs. The photographer, Frederick Hollyer, was a leading specialist in the photographic reproduction of paintings, but he devoted one day a week to sitters from artistic and literary circles. However, certain other features indicate otherwise: That formality was swept away by the First World War when rigid rules of dress codes were broken down. The Ascot tie is made of a narrow neck band with a wide cravat style front, neatly folded and pinned with a tie-pin. It is said to have been made in in Clifton, a district of Bristol in the West of England, and worn in Burma.
Personal accounts for this period show women buying new ribbons, laces, fabrics and trimmings to update their headwear.
Dating Victorian Era Photos (1840-1900)
Elements of the coat could suggest it to be circa The dresses have fashionable wide skirts, reflecting the contemporary popularity of crinolines. During the mids Redfern incorporated braiding into many of their designs for walking outfits and outdoor jackets. A hemline just at the ankle indicates a garment intended for walking outdoors. This ensemble characterises fashionable evening wear for women in the late s. The elaborate applied decorations of the s are now no longer fashionable.