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Discover the Alexandra Limp and other bizarre Victorian fashions

The Alexandra Limp In 1863 Alexandra of Denmark married the Princess of Wales. She was very popular and particularly admired for her style among fashion-conscious women of society. Everything the Princess did, the fashionable young women would copy. So when she wore a choker to hide a scar on her neck, all well-to-do women wore …

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Sleeve dogs: an ancient form of mace?

Chinese emperors and courtiers carried small Pekingese dogs in their sleeves as an ornamental accessory. The smallest and most ferocious dogs were called “sleeves” because royalty would tote the canines in their garments’ roomy sleeves. Serving as an “ancient Chinese version of mace,” the dogs would scare off anyone threatening the courtiers. The fashion was …

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How did 18th century society women go to the toilet?

How did women relieve themselves when wearing those enormous 18th-century dresses? The answer is a ‘Bourdaloue’. It was a boat-shaped vessel with a raised lip at one end and handle at the other, a bit like a gravy boat and the maid would be expected to carry this for her mistress and empty it after …

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