Victorian era ball gowns. During the victorian era advances in technology and distribution saw fashion change from an exclusive privilege of the wealthy elites to something that could be enjoyed by ordinary people. Sleeves are short and tight with either puff decorations or lace trimming. During the regency and into the victorian era the london social season was particularly busy from april to the end of june but events were held throughout the winter starting when parliament returned in late january and included military reviews dinner parties and charity events and went on to the end of july. 1840s victorian dresses womens 1840s day dresses had bell shaped skirts formed with cartridge pleating.
In 1866 the new princess gown also brought about some changes in the dressing style. The womens costumes underwent radical changes in the victorian era. Bodices are worn off the shoulder. Womens victorian gowns and evening dresses are simpler during the 1840s regarding ornamentation.
The dresses worn by women in the early victorian period showed resemblance to those worn by women in the georgian age.