The Regency Era is widely known as the period between 1795 to 1837, and was characterized by trends in fashion, architecture, literature, polictics and culture. Despite wide spread war in Europe, there was still great economic change, refinements and cultural achievements. This era saw the end of a pious and reserved society (mainly in England), and saw the birth of a more frivolous and ostentatious era. This era was a time of excess for the aristocracy, but a time of poverty and squalor for the lower classes.
The fashion of this era became more relaxed for ladies. The undergarments had a more natural form, and was less restricting. The emphasis was on a high waist-line, just under the bust. Inspired by neoclassical tastes, the short-waisted dresses featured flowing skirts. This eliminated the need for tight laced corsets or stays, and the need to hold up full skirts with panniers or hoops. It was often remarked on how being fully dressed meant that one’s bosom and shoulders were bare, and yet being undressed would mean that one’s neckline went right up to one’s chin.
Here is where I will explore the Regency Era through fashion, as well as links to some of my favorite Regency Era sites. Please enjoy!
Regency Undergarments – This is my second set of Regency undergarments, made from some lovely linen.
Regency Short Stays – A set of short stays, made for the youngest.
2011 Girls Regency Picnic Dress – A lovely blue dress made for the youngest.
2011 EP Regency Picnic Dress – A wrap dress that I made for the 3rd annual picnic.
My Favorite Links