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These images are from English Costume of the Nineteenth Century, drawn by Iris Brooke and published in 1929. I love the clear illustrations and the focus on details.
|A Fashion plate from 1810.|
|Fashion plate showing a lady wearing a cape over her gown.|
|An illustration of Henry Crawford helping Fanny Price into her shawl.|
From the 1895 edition of Mansfield Park
This is a color illustration from Mansfield Park. Fanny's aunt is "helping" her with her sewing.
Aren't these gorgeous? These are from the textile collection at Kent State University. The dress at the top is circa 1805 and is a silk ballgown. The pelisse (coat) is circa 1807. What an amazing shade of red!
These beautiful gowns are from the McCord Museum in Canada. The yellow gown on the left is circa 1818, while the white gown in the center is circa 1815. The gown on the right is from the early 1820s, and you can see how the silhouette is moving toward the full skirt hem. Notice all the frou-frou on that dress as well.
Here is the real thing, recently on sale at Reflections of the Past. This is a day dress with drop-front bodice and a long, narrow train.
On the right is a close-up of the bodice front.
This is an original gown from the period, accented with a delicate lace overlay and featuring slim sleeves. I worked from this photo to create the aqua gown seen on my Latest Creations page.
Here is a wonderful evening gown from the Museum of Costume in Bath, England. I love the long train and shimmery look of the material!
Here is a group of Regency gowns featured in Jane Ashelford's Book, The Art of Dress, which may be ordered through Amazon.com. Note the criss-cross bodice of the early 1800s day dress, the fantastic details of the sleeve embroidery on the 1810 evening gown and the full skirt back of the 1795 day dress. It's nice to be able to see the actual colors, too. Dispels the myth of pastels and drab colors!
This is a beautiful French empire evening gown which is also displayed on Cathy Decker's Regency Fashion Site. Sure does make you rethink the "everyone wore pastels" myth, doesn't it?
This is an original woman's daydress, circa 1810, which is on display in a museum in Denmark. The fit of the dress looks almost modern!