I love looking at historical photos, especially family/casual ones where you can really get a sense of the every day lives of people who lived long ago- or photos where people are dressed up! Recently I spent way more time than I ought to admit looking through the Canadian archives for old fashion inspiration. I thought I’d share some of the historical fashion related images since these styles often inspire what I design for Gloomth!!!
Most of the images I’ve included are from between 1880-1902 so right in the thick of the Victorian era. This time was a very exciting era for Canada as we were quickly becoming a sovereign state and not a British colony. Rebellions, forming of political parties, and the development of our original Criminal Code all happened during this time.
Below is Lady Aberdeen (right) who was the founder of the National Council of Women of Canada as well as the founder of the Victorian Order of Nurses in Canada.
2017 marks Canada’s official 150th birthday, we are basically a baby country compared to many European nations. I own furniture that is older than the country I live in……
The darling heart on this young lady’s collar below is so charming (below). I love thinking about the lives and experiences of these people who came before.
Hopefully these images have inspired you a little! I think they’re really fascinating.