Category Archives: Fashion

Miser’s Purse

Miser’s Purse

Miser’s purses are known by many names: Misers, miser bags, ring or string purses, stocking purses, and finger purses to name a few. They originated in the late eighteenth century and were popular into the early 1900’s. These purses were used by both men and women and usually were long, almost stocking looking. Some scholars believe… Continue Reading

Grecian Influence on Regency Fashion

Grecian Influence on Regency Fashion

In the aftermath of the French Revolution, European fashion followed the example established by breaking away from the thick brocade, heavy lace, immense powdered wigs, and stiff structures which were a hallmark of aristocratic garments. Flipping 180 degrees, fashionable dress embraced a “natural” style with ease and comfort the defining factor. The desire was for lighter fabrics… Continue Reading

1813 & 1814 Gowns from Incroyables et Merveilleuses

1813 & 1814 Gowns from Incroyables et Merveilleuses

Incroyable et Merveilleuse was a set of 33 engravings, published in 1814, depicting extremely fashionable French men and women. They were engraved by George-Jacques Gatine after drawings by Horace Vernet and Louis-Marie Lanté. While most fashion plates were on a small scale designed to fit in women’s magazines such as the Journal des Dames (which… Continue Reading

1818 Walking Dress, Ackermanns

1818 Walking Dress, Ackermanns

Fashion print is from the March 1818 issue of Ackermann’s Repository of Arts fashion magazine. The image to the right is the original plate, faded and yellowed over time. Below is the fashion plate as refined by me. The print was described in the magazine as follows: “A fawn-coloured poplin gown made half-length: the back… Continue Reading

**SHARON LATHAN’S NEW BOOK!  GIVEAWAY TOO!!

**SHARON LATHAN’S NEW BOOK! GIVEAWAY TOO!!

Yes, you read the title correctly! I have something new on the market. Whoot! This time around (as I continue to work on my novel) I created a non-fiction picture and history book. A “coffee table” book of sorts, simply not as ginormous as the usual tabletop display photo book. Better yet, my book is beautiful… Continue Reading

Regency fashion for children? Skeleton Suits!

Regency fashion for children? Skeleton Suits!

The history of clothing for European infants and children is relatively unremarkable until the last decades of the 18th century. From birth to nearly two years of age, infants (male and female) were swaddled tightly (a philosophy that, thankfully, waned in the 17th century until obsolete by the late 1700s). At that point both sexes were… Continue Reading

BIG, colorful hats! Derby fashion parade.

BIG, colorful hats! Derby fashion parade.

Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., the founder of the Kentucky Derby — click to read my post on Austen Authors for more on thoroughbred horse racing — modeled the race after European-style racing events like the Royal Ascot and Derby at Epsom Downs. In the past, and still to this day, the English races mandated formal… Continue Reading

How to Dress for Derby

How to Dress for Derby

Thanks to the knowledgeable folks at The Art of Manliness — link here — anyone of the male sex can attend the Kentucky Derby assured that he is dressed and groomed properly. This IS the South, after all, where dressing according to the rules of fashion are vital! This is the link to the main… Continue Reading

Wellingtons

Wellingtons

Military uniforms, fame and fashion have always been closely linked. Regimental dress uniforms were designed to stand out and impress young men into joining up – with the added bonus of attracting the opposite sex in the process. LOL! When the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars (1792–1815) brought much of Europe into battle, it is hardly… Continue Reading

Diss the Dress ~ Emmy Fashion 2014

Diss the Dress ~ Emmy Fashion 2014

On Monday night the stars aligned in Los Angeles for the 2014 Emmy Awards. I didn’t watch the telecast, but sure had fun checking out the fashion walking down the red carpet! So much fun that rather than write a blog with only a select number of gowns to discuss, I am posting images gradually… Continue Reading

Fashion for the Regency Lady ~ Cover up!

Fashion for the Regency Lady ~ Cover up!

When it comes to Regency fashion it is difficult to know where to start. Arbitrarily starting on the outside, let’s talk about the garments worn by the ladies of the day for warmth.   With the fashion of the time favoring lightweight fabrics with almost no underclothing, women were literally freezing to death. 1803 was a… Continue Reading