The Belle Epoque was the era from the late 1880s to the early 1900s when Sandra Bernhardt was gracing the stage and Jenny Lind was touring the world stealing hearts with her nightingale voice. European lifestyle and culture were flourishing. It was a time of scientific progress and artistic experimentation. It was, to translate its name, the beautiful era.
Is it any wonder that we still admire those styles created during the years of the Belle Epoque. From Alphonse Mucha's organic illustrations to Charles Dana Gibson's iconic models and hairstyles of the Gibson Girl, it was an era of unparalleled creativity.
Belle Poque's partner brand Scarlet Darkness
has kept alive the styles of the beautiful era like this Scarlet Darkness Victorian Maxi Skirt.
With its high waist, front decorations, and smocked corset back this skirt has all of the style and elegance of a Gibson Girl illustration. I am so pleased to be able to collaborate with them on this post.
I thought it only fitting that I try to recreate that Gibson Girl hair, with its beyond believable dimension and incomparable femininity, it was no small feat to accomplish this.
In addition to it corset back this Victorian Maxi skirt features a side zipper which made it all the easier for me to put in since I opted to wear an authentic Edwardian era full slip dress to add fullness to the skirt and to add an extra layer beneath the blouse.
The back of the skirt has elastic smocking and a corset tie for a really customized fit. I find that it runs true to size and is excellent quality. I also love the dark lace border around the hem, such a lovely extra detail.
I am so glad that I have found Scarlet Darkness to update my Victorian and Steam Punk costume pieces. The quality is wonderful and the prices are so reasonable. This skirt comes in six different colors and five sizes from Small to XXL.
In my next collaboration post with Belle Poque I hope to showcase something from another favorite style era, the 1950s-60s.
Shopping Info:SCARLET DARKNESS Women Victorian Maxi Skirt Vintage High Waist A Line Skirt from ScarletDarkness or Scarlet Darkness.com, Roselind Blouse from FP One