Page 37. " the costume of the nineteenth century is detestable. It is so sombre "

Fashion in the 19th century was tailored and smart, but could be seen as 'so sombre, so depressing', as Lord Henry has it.

Women's clothing wasn't as extravagant as in previous decades, but corsets became even more important than before. Larger sleeves also became popular.

For men, lounge coats became the new trend for less formal occasions, and various outfits were donned depending on the activity undertaken by the gentleman (e.g. shooting, sailing or cycling).

However, the 1890s did see a growing acceptance of more individual artistic or aesthetic tastes as part of the mainstream fashion. Wilde was a prime example of such a dresser!

Page 39. " hansom is outside "

Named after its designer Joseph Hansom, a hansom cab was a horse-drawn vehicle which could carry up to two people.

Built to be fast and safe, since it was quite close to the ground and ran on two large wheels, the design was later altered by John Chapman, but kept its original name.

Created in 1834, hansom cabs were the taxis of the 19th century.

Page 41. " The Times "

 The Times is a national UK newspaper which has been in existence since 1785, when it was founded by John Walter. It is traditionally a centre-right newspaper, supporting the Conservatives, but it did support the Labour Party in 2001 and 2005. 

Rupert Murdoch currently heads the News Corporation group, which owns the The Times and its sister paper The Sunday Times.

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