Victorians firmly believed in the importance of wearing the appropriate clothing for every occasion. So how did Victorian women create their famous silhouette? With no fewer than seven undergarments!
The lace canopy that shields from torrents and sunbeams possesses a history that spans the centuries back to the East Indies 5000 years past. But the French popularized the hand-held accessory during the reign of King Louis XIV when couturiers would fabricate lavishly trimmed parasols to match splendid gowns.