It’s ancient history…

Once upon a time, there was the Byzantine Empire, the Baroque period, the Rococo movement and the Victorian era. Admittedly, our history knowledge sometimes obscures these periods, but one’s thing’s for sure – the past is anything but passé when it comes to fashion.

Although designers employing historical references is nothing new, many of the collections the past few seasons have relied heavily on modern versions of archaic, regal looks. Sicilians Dolce & Gabbana and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen in particular have embraced the aesthetic from season to season. And as festive party season approaches and more opulent looks are sought, we’re increasingly keen to work this powerful look.

From gold, lace and embellishment to bejewelled headbands and accessories, cape-like coats, corsets, and statement jewellery, we’re loving the high-octane glamour of historically inspired fashion.

Victorian

Shop the edit: Clockwise from left – Lula sequin jacket – Miss SelfridgeLace dress – Iska, Jet-embellished fabric collar – Butterfly by Matthew Williamson, Black Fluoro-stone embellished dress – Yumi, Black Erika Lonna ankle boots – Hush Puppies, Crucifix earrings – Sweski, Black and gold embellished maxi dress – Quiz, Black lace pintuck blouse – Ayarisa, White beaded bejeweled belt – No. 1 Jenny Packham, Silver embellished headband – No. 1 Jenny Packham

When it comes to styling this look, it’s one of the few occasions where more is literally more. Don’t be afraid to do a full eye or a smoky lip and go bold from head-to-toe.

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