Don't shed any tears for Queen Victoria. The 19th-century royal was dethroned as the longest-reigning British monarch this week by Queen Elizabeth, but her legacy is in no doubt. By World War I, her children and grandchildren ruled not only Great Britain but also Russia, Germany and Spain, and the dress she wore to marry Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840 cemented the tradition of white wedding dresses that shows no signs of waning even 175 years later. The era that bears her name continues to be a source of fascination and inspiration, particularly on the Fall 2015 runways, where ruffles, lace, and other frills had their own sartorial coronation.

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