My own gown, alas, was not ready. (My bonnet and reticule were, and one day I will post a picture of them. I often take them with me for book signings.)
I took scads of pictures. Last month, if you recall, I promised to post some. It was hard to choose, but the following are among my favorites. Many of the ensembles are handmade by their wearers. I noticed that some seamstresses are more concerned with authenticity than others, so I'm posting those I consider truer to the period. In Part Two of this post (next month) I'll show pictures of men, couples, and snapshots of the ball in progress.
So here we go. I get to play fashion police and I hope you enjoy this Regency costume parade--in which we
DRESS LIKE JANE AUSTEN!
|Love this one. I believe she is holding a lorgnette--the female equivalent to a quizzing glass.|
|Restraint and enthusiasm, side by side. (Are those really green net gloves? Why, I must ask, are they green? Why must I ask? Because I'm a stickler!)|
|Some could not resist making it a "Masqued Ball"|
|Woman on the left: Tastefully done! She looks perky and pretty and born to wear this style. On the right: A turbaned headband to die for. Love how the underdress matches the bodice.|
|A whimsical-looking fashionista.|
|The Three Graces?|
|The puff sleeves are a bit too large, the waist rather low--but the colors and overall effect are lovely. Trains were not common, but not out of place, either.|
|Love that turbaned headband.|
|On the right, her hairstyle is apropos! Bravo. It really adds so much to the overall effect.|
|Another hairstyle-inclusive ensemble, in the simple and popular regency white. The demure smile would be fitting for a lady accepting the offer of a dance from a gentleman!|
|A handsomely dressed woman.|
|The bonnet is rather wide for the period, but there's something sweet about this lady and her gown that I found charming.|
|Another dubious bonnet, but full points for trying when the outfit matches so well!|
|Similar to the above, but with a period correct bonnet.|
|On the right: A picture of good taste. A sweet attitude, coupled with an unpretentious gown that is fitted properly and hits the right note. A regency miss, for sure!|
|Hair divine, with an early regency style and perfect pose!|
|Chip MacGregor, the cute. (With me, I promise, on the right. I didn't need my daughter to tell me to get out of this one!)|
|Here I am with Miralee, standing in front of a tiled mural on a wall of the hotel. Thanks again, Miralee!|
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And be sure to tune in next month to see more regency costume photos!
Linore Rose Burkard is best known for her inspirational regency novels with Harvest House Publishers, including Before the Season Ends, the award-winning The House in Grosvenor Square, and, The Country House Courtship.
Linore teaches workshops for writers with Greater Harvest Workshops in Ohio, is a homeschooling mother of five, and is currently putting the finishing touches on a YA novel. Keep up with Linore by subscribing to her free newsletter.