So, back to the JASNA Gala Ball, the source of my photos for the past three months' posts.
I couldn't help noticing the lovely workmanship that went into the upper portion, or bodice, of a woman's gown, even the back. The Empire style (which reigned throughout the regency) certainly is a huge part of the appeal, but the fabric and craftsmanship really made the difference between a standard dress and an exquisite one, a difference which could be seen even from a rear view.
|Even the back of the bodice is lovely and elegant.
|A beautiful example of how lovely the bodice can be; again, even from the rear.
|This is a "Wow"
|Sweet and simple, though the waistline is rather low.
|Doesn't appear to be an Empire waist, but sweet colors.
|If the date hadn't been given ("1815-1817"), I would not have been able to correctly date this gown--it does not have an Empire waist. I'm not an expert, but in my opinion this is just wrong! Otherwise, the style and material are certainly fetching.
|On the right (in rear) a late Georgian style riding habit.
|Forefront left: Regency; Others, Georgian.
|Since the JASNA event was in October, there were a few whimsical pumpkins present (contest entries). I thought Cinderella's Coach was well done.
Don't forget to check out the additional photos of Regency costume on my website, here.
And here's a few links for further study:
English Women's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century
(Do not buy the Kindle edition if your aim is to really study costume. You just can't see a full page the way you need to, and a book full of illustrations is more fun, period, in print format. Be prepared though; this is a huge book, with 459 pages. )
The History of Underclothes (Dover Fashion and Costume)
The Cut of Men's Clothes: 1600-1900 (Unlike the first two, I don't own this one, but the reviews are good.)
Empire Fashions (I own, and love, this book.)
The above is enough to get any student of costume excited and enthralled. What about you? Do you enjoy studying period dress? Do you have a favorite go-to reference or illustrated book?
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