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Saturday in Bath: Jane Austen Everywhere!

Abbe has the most incredible natural grace and beauty. Isn't she photogenic? Love the bonnet!

After the overcast, chilly Friday, I didn’t have high hopes for good weather on Saturday, but I sure prayed for it! Lo and behold, we awoke Saturday morning to streaming sunshine and warming temperatures! As the day went on, we were treated to bright blue skies, gorgeous white clouds, and balmy temps in the 70s. It was amazing–a perfect day for the opening of the Jane Austen Festival and Grand Costumed Promenade.

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Fun blog giveaways coming soon!

We’re finally unpacking and sorting out all the goodies we brought home from England, and I’ve found several extras I got while in Bath. The Jane Austen Centre gave away goody bags to everyone who had a ticket for the Promenade, so we got a bunch. That means I have some fun Janeite extras to give away to blog readers.

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But why study historical costume? (Allow me to wax philosophical!)

While we were in England, I had two different people (both of whom I met while on the tour but who were not in our group) ask me why we’d bring over a group to study clothing, of all things. Weren’t there far more important things we could have devoted our time to? Clothing just seemed, well, frivolous–lacking any real depth.

Naturally, I beg to differ. And so allow me to give you the philosophical underpinnings of my lifelong passion for the study of historical fashion (particularly women’s clothing) through the centuries.

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To tide you over…

With a little friend who was hanging around the Fan Museum Orangerie...

I know, I know, I promised to post the rest of the pictures in the middle of last week. 😛 But events conspired to prevent me from going through Lindsay’s stash until yesterday, and now she has 90 photos to put into JPEG format for me. So you’ll just have to be patient a little longer!

In the meantime, I’ve got links to blogs and photo albums from several of the other ladies on our tour. They all took a wide variety of wonderful photos, so ENJOY!

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Wednesday in Greenwich

Admiring Jema's work as her portfolio pages go 'round the room...

Our entire group got up early to head to beautiful Greenwich for our day there. Most of us wore full Regency ensembles and took pictures against various period backdrops, including the famous Colonnade at the Royal Naval College (used in numerous costume dramas, including the recent “Little Dorrit,” where it served as the “Cirumlocution Office”).

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Back in the USA!

The beautiful courtyard garden at the Fan Museum in Greenwich...

Well, we are here in New York, a little bleary eyed, as it is 3:45 a.m. by our body clocks! We should be home tomorrow evening if all goes well. Give me a couple of days to get over jet lag and get the rest of the pictures from Lindsay, and I’ll blog about the rest of the trip. It was peachy!

The beautiful courtyard garden at the Fan Museum in Greenwich...

The beautiful courtyard garden at the Fan Museum in Greenwich…

Dress-up Day at Kensington Palace…

...and buttons them up.

As I mentioned in my last post, Cathy Hay brought a surprise show-and-tell outfit with her to share with the ladies. When she opened her large suitcase and pulled it out, Cassie began fanning herself like she was about to swoon! Turns out she’d been following Cathy’s live journal of the recreation of this stunning outfit, and when Cathy asked for a volunteer model, Cassie immediately waved her hand enthusiastically. Because she was also very close to the same height and build as Cathy, it was a perfect match!

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