These photos technically belong in the Victorian category, since they were taken in 1897, but the fashions are pure Regency, so I decided to share them in both categories.
April 2009 archive
Here’s a dandy suit! WOW! Note how short the jacket is in front and how long the waistcoat is underneath. The rich maroon color of the jacket is truly striking, and the high standing collar is something, isn’t it? Note the tight fit of the breeches below the knee. This was the era when men [...]
This is a lovely example of an authentic Regency gown of fine white muslin. This probably dates to the 18-teens, since it has a more “fan”-like bodice and the fancier sleeves with puffed short sleeves over long. Note the extra-long sleeves with wristbands that button over and ruffles that extend past the knuckles.
The same gal who shared the photos of the 1813 gown also put on a fashion show that highlighted the styles of every decade for the last two centuries (talk about a daunting undertaking!). She made the outfits seen in these pictures, basing them upon fashion plates and original gowns from the decades represented. Lynde [...]
Writes Lynde, “This belongs to my art teacher, who is an expert in the West on historical clothing from 1800-1850. She is amazing! She has a three-volume dissertation for her Ph.D. and a clothing collection of 30,000 items. She bought this dress in Scotland for $300, and she dates it to about 1813. Can I just tell you, when I saw this dress I very nearly fainted.”
Here are portraits of many well-known Regency figures — plus some not-so-well-known. I love studying portraiture from this time period!
Karen Augusta of Antique Fashion.com.com has graciously allowed me to share some of the photographs she has taken of original garments she has sold in her online shop. Studying original clothing is essential for recreating the correct look of the period, which changed from year to year. Thank you to Karen for sharing her knowledge and her beautiful pictures! Be sure to visit her site for more breathtaking gowns from the 18th-20th centuries!
This is a lovely self-portrait (1790s) by Elizabeth Vigee’ le Brun. Note the very full skirt, long hair and tied down straw hat. She is also wearing a chemisette, which peeps out at her neckline beneath the shawl. Thank you to Carol Gerten, whose absolutely fantastic website supplied this image and several more here!
Attached are some pictures of the prom dress I made from your Regency pattern four years ago. I made a dress and a sleeveless overdress out of different satins. I played with the pattern a lot to make it my own: drafted new sleeves, changed the hem, put soft pleats in the back, and put [...]