Here is something quite unique. These photographs were taken in the late 1800s. The young woman pictured is wearing an 1820s dress with a “calash” bonnet (very typical of the late 18th century through the early 19th). Perhaps she is modeling what her grandmother wore? At any rate, it is a fascinating look at a [...]
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This is an original ballgown from 1818. Note the beaded fabric and gold trim details. The sleeves are very large, which points to the late Regency period.
These paintings were done in the Victorian era but showcase the fashions of a generation before. The gorgeous portrait on the left shows the Grecian influence so prevalent during the Regency period (particularly early on). Note the trim on the sleeves and the gold band in the lady’s hair. I just love this painting, which [...]
Here is a Regency lady dancing in her ballgown.Note the asymmetrical overskirt with tasseled trim.
These illustrations are from a 1910 novel, D’Ri and I, by Irving Bacheller. The story is set during the War of 1812. I think the gowns illustrated here are just lovely.
This illustration is from a 1911 cover of Ladies Home Journal.I love this very accurate and beautiful painting of a young woman in a pink bonnet. Note her reticule and beautiful, colorful shawl.
English fashion plate of a woman wearing a Spencer jacket, circa 1818. Note the long scarf tied around the high neck of the jacket.
Here is a scrumptious early 1820s ballgown (when all the puffs and furbelows really came into style with a bang!). Look at all the detailing on this gown and imagine the work! The slashed sleeves are simply a feast for the eyes, and the cording on the bodice just amazes me with its perfect stitchery. [...]
This is an original woman’s day dress, circa 1810, which is on display in the Danish Museum. The fit of the dress has a very modern flair to it. This is another extant gown that directly inspired my original Regency Gown pattern, particularly when it came to the shape of the skirt, which I love on this gown.
This is a beautiful French empire evening gown which is also displayed on Cathy Decker’s Regency Fashion Site. This gown was a direct inspiration for my original Regency Gown pattern.