Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen

Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen

Book - 2010
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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 ancient 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 immortalized by Jane Austen, who adeptly used the newfound diversity of fashion to enliven her characters, Wickham's military splendor, Mr. Darcy's understated elegance, and Miss Tilney's romantic fixation with white muslin.

Publisher: Oxford ; Long Island City, NY : Shire Publications, 2010
ISBN: 9780747807674
Characteristics: 63 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm


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Jul 24, 2015

Despite the occasional grammatical slip-up, Sarah Jane Downing has crafted a quick, engrossing and informative read in Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen. Downing strews interesting historical tidbits across our path like so many rose petals. Abundant colour illustrations from primary sources. Although the book flows nicely throughout, the ending is oddly abrupt.

Sep 20, 2010

Fun to read, but I am glad they are not the fashions of today. Even the winter fashions would not keep us warm enough in this part of Canada.


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