Beyond the Trend: Victorian Sleeves

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The elegance and sartorial decadence of the 19th century has inspired fashion greatly over the years, from exposed corsets to bold hoop skirts. However, one of the most timeless trends from the Victorian era was the bulbous sleeve–also called the mutton sleeve because of its shape–that adorned dresses and even swimsuits by the end of the century. Inspired by the stylish Queen Victoria, a variety of puffed sleeve styles dominated the fashion during her reign and never truly left trend cycles. Throughout the 20th century, actresses, royals, and ordinary people donned mutton sleeves modeled after those of the century past. Though designers have ditched the bustle and crinoline, today, runways are bombarded by new, eclectic takes on the old trend, from sheer lace ensembles to exaggerated sleeves in bold prints and colors. CR looks at some of the best Victorian era-inspired sleeves, from Gibson Girls to vintage Chanel.

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