Victorian & Edwardian Clothing Accessories

Capes & Capelets

Most of the capes and capelets that you will see from the Victorian period are black, and that leads many people to believe that they are all mourning garments. That may or may not be true, and without specific documentation it's hard to say. But they are so beautiful, it's hard to believe they were only worn while mourning.

1880 Beaded Capelet

1880s Beaded Capelet

Netting and black beading

1880 Beaded Capelet

1880s Beaded Capelet

With long tail

1880 Beaded Capelet

1880s Beaded Capelet

With lace details

Black Lace Capelet

1880s Black Lace Capelet

With wide lace collar and beading.

Blue Satin Applique Cape

Blue Satin Applique Cape

With silk fringe.

Hats

Victorian hats started out small, and were often adorned with feathers, or even complete birds. By the time of the Edwardian period, hats had grown in size to become tremendous displays of chiffon, feathers, and beading.

1880 Pale Blue Silk Bed Cap

1880 Pale Blue Silk Bed Cap

1900 Black Velvet & Silk Hat

1900 Black Velvet & Silk Hat

Pirate Hat with Ostrich Plumes

1905 Black Pirate Hat with Ostrich Plumes

Aargh!

1910 Black Hat with Ostrich Plumes

1910 Black Hat with Ostrich Plumes

The hat with a story.

Pirate Hat with Ostrich Plumes

1920 Wedding Veil

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