Fashion in the time of Jane Austin

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Shire Books, Jan 1, 2012 - Antiques & Collectibles - 64 pages
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The broader Regency period 1795-1820 stands alone as an incredible moment in fashion history unlike anything that went before or after. It was the most naked period since Ancient Greece and before the 1960s, and for the first time England became a fashion influence, especially for menswear, and became the toast of Paris. With the ancien regime deposed court dress became secondary and the season by season flux of fashion as we know it came into being, aided and abetted by the proliferation of new ladies' magazines.

Such an age of revolution and innovation inspired a flood of fashions taking influence from everything including the newly discovered treasures of the ancient world, to radical new ideas like democracy. It was an era of contradiction immortalised by Jane Austen, who adeptly used the newfound diversity of fashion to enliven her characters, Wickham's military splendour, Mr Darcy's understated elegance, and Miss Tilney's romantic fixation with white muslin.

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User Review  - Rianne Werring - Goodreads

Only one thing kept me from giving this book a five star review: it's as wispy and thin as a corsetted lady! Apart from that, it's a very informative bit of writing, with helpful illustrations ... Read full review

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User Review  - MargaretPinardAuthor - LibraryThing

A short but well illustrated and well written booklet on clothing and styles from 1790s to 1820. Great fodder for an author! Read full review


The Age of Elegance
The Rise of English Fashion
A Fine Romance

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Sarah Jane Downing is a freelance writer with a special interest in the eighteenth century. She has written widely about the arts, contributing to national and local magazines and newspapers.

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