The early part of the Edwardian era would have had almost exactly the same fashions as the late part of the Victorian era. Edward only lived 9 years past his mother. When fashions became drastically different was with the onset of WWI in 1914. Saying that the fashions in this film are Victorian but the motor cars are Edwardian is like being surprised that people in 2012 are wearing fashions not terribly different than in 2002. The fashions in this film are late Victorian/Edwardian. They are certainly not middle or early Victorian, except in some of the flashbacks.