Category Archives: Fashion

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Five

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Five

At last, the final post covering the ton of photos during my tour of the “Dressing Downton” exhibition at Cheekwood Mansion in Nashville a few weeks ago. It was a phenomenal experience. The previous posts explain a bit more about the exhibit (links below) and have a bunch of photos that should not be missed,… Continue Reading

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Four

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Four

For today I have the fourth post covering the wealth of photos I snagged when visiting the “Dressing Downton” exhibition at Cheekwood Mansion in Nashville a few weeks ago. It was a phenomenal experience. The prior three posts explain a bit more about the exhibit (links below) so without further ado, let me get on… Continue Reading

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Three

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Three

Here is the third blog post of images from the outstanding exhibit of select costumes from the BBC TV series Downton Abbey®. I thought I would take a moment to encourage everyone to watch the show if you haven’t already. The costumes, obviously, are fantastic and almost enough of a reason to watch the show. Luckily, the… Continue Reading

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Two

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Two

Time for more images from my awesome experience at the “Dressing Downton” exhibit at Cheekwood Mansion in Nashville. I took a bunch of photos, so I’m not sure how many blog posts will be needed to share them. To see the first post which includes details on the exhibit as well as several photos, click the… Continue Reading

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part One

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part One

Two weeks ago I was in Nashville, Tennessee visiting with my daughter and son-in-law, and as we searched for entertainment in the metropolis, I stumbled across an exhibition I could not miss: Dressing Downton. Although admittedly not an obsessive fan, I did watch Downton Abbey® and along with the excellent story, delighted particularly in the outstanding… Continue Reading

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