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Title: The%20Victorian%20age%20and%20etiquette

The Victorian age and etiquette
  • By Ashley Hendricks Shyanne Lum

Victorian dress
Victorian Dress
  • Victorian Dress
  • Victorian fashion comprises the various fashions
    and trends in British culture that emerged and
    grew in province throughout the Victorian era and
    the reign of Victoria, a period which would last
    from June 1837 to January 1901.

Victorian Dress
  • Women's Fashion
  • In the 1840s and1850s, women's gowns developed
    narrow and sloping shoulders, low and pointed
    waists, and bell-shaped skirts. Corsets, a
    knee-length chemise, and layers of flounced
    petticoats were worn under the gowns.

Queen Victorias family
  • Queen Victorias family
  • Queen Victoria was known as the grandmother of
    Europe. She and her husband, Albert, Prince
    Consort, had nine children, who presented her
    with thirty-seven grandchildren. Eight of whom
    sat on the thrones of Europe, those of Great
    Britain, Prussia, Greece, Romania, Russia,
    Norway, Sweden and Spain. The Queen herself was a
    carrier of hemophilia, her son Prince Leopold was
    born with the disease and through three of
    Victoria's daughters it was to pass into many of
    the Royal houses of Europe and became known as
    the Royal disease.

Queen Victorias family
  • KAISER WILLIAM II 1859-1941
  • Charlotte, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen 1860-1919
  • Henry, Prince of Prussia 1862-1929
  • Sigismund, Prince of Prussia 1864-66
  • Victoria, Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe 1866-1929
  • Waldemar, Prince of Prussia 1868-79
  • Margaret, Landgravine of Hesse 1868-1940

Victorian era(1837-1901)
  • Mid-late Victorian dresses
  • In 1864 the new Princess grown changed the line
    of fashionable dress. The Princess grown was cut
    in one piece and consisted of a number of joined
    panels fitted and gored from shoulder to hem that
    gave the figure shape through seaming.

Victorian era(1837-1901)
  • The late Victorian silhouette
  • By 1878, women of the late Victorian era have a
    very different look about them compared to
    earlier Victorian women.
  • The soft polonaise style bustle styles were
    replaced by princess sheath garments without a
    waist seam with bodice and skirt cut in one.

Victorian era
  • The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47
  • Only 14 of the homes in the U.S. had bathtubs.
  • Only 8 of the homes had a telephone.
  • A three-minute call from Denver to New York City
    cost 11.00.
  • There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only
    144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit
    in most cities were 10mph.
  • Alabama, Mississippi, Lowa, and Tennessee, were
    each more heavily populated than California. With
    a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only
    the 21st most populous state in the union.

Victorian era
  • Horseback riding in the 19th century could be
    just as appealing to young ladies as in our
    present day- with a bit more a challenge.

The Victorian Era- etiquette of Conversation
  • What to avoid in social conversation
  • Do not manifest impatience
  • Do not engage in argument
  • Do not interrupt another when speaking
  • Do not find fault, although you may gently
  • Do not talk of your private, personal and family

The Victorian Era- etiquette of Conversation
  • Refinement as indicated by conversation
  • Do not lose temper
  • Do not allude to unfortunate peculiarities of any
    one present
  • Do not always commence a conversation by allusion
    to weather
  • Do not, when narrating an incident, continually
    say you see, You know, ect.
  • Do not introduce professional or other topics in
    which the company generally can not take an

Table manners
  • Basic Table Manners
  • 1. Sit up straight.
  • 2. Don't speak with your mouth full of food.
  • 3. Chew quietly, and try not to slurp.
  • 4. Keep bites small.
  • 5. Eat at a leisurely pace.

Table manners
  • Basic Table Manners
  • 6. Don't wave utensils in the air
  • 7. Keep your elbows off the table.
  • 8. Don't Reach.
  • 9. Don't forget please and thank you.
  • 10. Excuse yourself when leaving the table.

Victorian Rituals and Traditions
  • Tea time rituals
  • Picnics were very popular with the Victorians,
    because it supplied them the opportunity to
    escape from their formal dinning rituals.

Victorian Rituals and Traditions
  • Victorian Mourning Rituals
  • When people died during the reign of Queen
    Victoria the corpse usually stayed in the home
    until the burial. The body was surrounded by
    family and friends where viewing and touching the
    deceased were commonplace. Even children were not
    spared from viewing the dead

Victorian Station
  • Bicycling
  • Arbiters of fashion prescribed a specific costume
    for cycling, for, as Mrs. M. Cooke wrote in 1896.
    It is impossible to do good work or to practice
    comfortable unless you are properly dressed. For
    women Tricyclists, Godneys recommended a
    straight, side pleate skirt of serge, worn over
    one underskirt and full trousers lined with
    flannel and made of material to match the dress.
    A warm jersey and jacket trimmed with fur, a
    tricyclists cap to match, completed the outfit.

Victorian Station
  • Recipes
  • Basic Muffins
  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cups Canola Oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup Chocolate Chips
  • Combine flour, sugar, pecans, and chocolate chips
    in mixing bowl, and stir together. Whisk egg
    milk, and oil together and add to dry
    ingredients. Mix together only until dry
    ingredients are moist. Pour in greased muffin
    tins, usually about 8. Bake at 400 degrees for
    23-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Chocolate
    chips and pecans can be substituted for chopped
    cherries and almonds, walnuts and dried
    cranberries, ect.
  • Serves 4

Victorian Station
  • Rules to dinning
  • Married couples are never seated together.
  • Ladies remove their gloves once they are seated
    gentlemen however must remove their gloves prior
    to being seated.
  • The senior lady, either by age or social
    standing, is always led in first by the host of
    the party. The hostess arrives last on the arm of
    the senior male.
  • It is ridiculous to make a display of your
  • Never ask for meat instead of beef.
  • Never turn up your cuffs in carving.
  • Never take bread, even when it is within your
    reach, instead of calling upon the servant.
  • Never cut your bread with a knife, it should be
    broken by hand.
  • Always use you napkin before and after drinking.

Victorian Etiquette
  • Basic Victorian Etiquette Manners
  • Rising to ones feet when being introduced, or
    when someone enters the room.
  • Ladies do a little curtsey and men greet with a
  • Never turn your back on someone. When you have to
    remove yourself from the attention or presence of
    someone, to answer a door, look out the window
    ect, you always asked to be excused.

Victorian Etiquette
  • How to be a lady in a Victorian etiquette
  • That simply means that a womans beauty must be
    natural, with fair and clear skin due to good
    health, rosy cheeks due to excitement and a zest
    for life, interesting eyes due to a sharp,
    educated mind 
  • Dress must be modest in feminine styles and
    colors are much preferred.
  • There was a greater distinction in dress between
    men and women in Victorian times. There was no
    room for ambiguity.

Top 10 creepy Aspects of Victorian Life
  • 10. Vignettes- The Victorian upper class had no
    televisions to entertain them, so they
    entertained themselves. One of the popular forms
    of entertainment was for friends and family to
    dress up in outrageous costumes and pose for each

Top 10 creepy Aspects of Victorian Life
  • 9. Poorhouses were government-run facilities
    where the poor, infirm, or mentally ill could
    live. They were usually filthy and full to the
    brim of societies unwanted people. Many of the
    people who lived in the poorhouses were required
    to work to contribute to the cost.

Top 10 creepy Aspects of Victorian Life
  • 8. Pea-Soupers
  • London during the Victorian era was famed for its
    pea-soupers fogs so thick you could barely see
    through them. The pea-soupers were caused by a
    combination of fogs from the River Thames and
    smoke from the coal fires that were an essential
    part of Victorian life.

Top 10 creepy Aspects of Victorian Life
  • 7. Food
  • English food can be creepy at the best of times,
    but especially so in the Victorian era
    (disclaimer England currently produces some of
    the finest food in the world). The Victorians
    loved offal and ate virtually every part of an

Top 10 creepy Aspects of Victorian Life
  • 6. Surgery
  • One in four surgery patients died after surgery.
  • 5. Goyhic novel
  • How could the gothic novel (a genre of
    literature that combines elements of both horror
    and romance) not be included on a list like this?
    It was the Victorian period that gave us such
    great works of terror as Dracula, and the Strange
    Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Top 10 creepy Aspects of Victorian Life
  • 4. Jack the ripper
  • In the late Victorian era, London was terrorized
    by the monster known as Jack the Ripper. Using
    the pea-soupers as a cover, the Ripper ultimately
    slaughtered five or more prostitutes working in
    the East End.

Top 10 creepy Aspects of Victorian Life
  • 3. Freak Shows
  • A freak show is an exhibition of rarities,
    freaks of nature such as unusually tall or
    short humans.
  • 2. Memento mori
  • It was too extensive to get a photographs of
    yourself, so they got photographs of the dead.

Top 10 creepy Aspects of Victorian Life
  • 1. Queen Victoria
  • Queen Victoria has to have position number one on
    this list because the era is named for her.