Welcome to another edition of Ackermann’s Repository of Fashions, in which we encounter a very pointy hat and an explosion of swansdown.
My dear readers, are you ready for some Regency lushness for your Friday? This circa 1815 French evening dress not only features a delicious cream-colored silk, it also has delightfully frothy cotton net trim around the low (!) neckline, metallic beading, and a lovely pop of color in the chenille yarn flowers around the hem.… Continue reading Regency Dress Porn: Silk Evening Dress
So you’ve misplaced your family jewels and don’t have it in your budget to buy a new tiara. And you have a ball coming up. What do you do?! Let’s have a little fun faking it ’til we make it, Regency style! Stick a Feather on It Want a lot of impact with little effort?… Continue reading Regency on a Budget: Hair Ornaments
Welcome to the February 1809 edition of Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics, in which we find the frilliest of headdresses and some drunken dancing, Regency style.
Here’s a lovely example of an early Regency full dress at The Metropolitan which would be perfect for a ball. It’s dated from 1807-1810 and is made from a delicate cream-colored cotton with detailed embroidery about the hem of blue, white, and pink flowers, with two-toned green leaves. This dress seems typical of dancing dresses… Continue reading Regency Dress Porn: 1810 Embroidered Dancing Dress
Apparently it’s Ball week over here at the Regency Retreat. So let’s talk about the best part — accessories! The little details are what make a Regency ensemble and they can brighten up even the most simple dancing dress. Here’s a quick cheat sheet to what to throw on when you’re getting ready to dance… Continue reading What to Wear to a Regency Ball: Accessories
My dear readers, Is it just me, or is English Country Dance weirdly sexy? It’s so restrained, but the dearth of physical contact makes each touch so deliciously erotic. Or maybe it’s just me (please tell me it’s not just me!) Check out this scene full of sexual tension between Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy… Continue reading Learn to Dance Like You’re in a Jane Austen Novel
Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics (whew! what a title) was a British monthly magazine published by Rudolph Ackermann between 1809 and 1829. This periodical let the public know what was hot (and what was not!) during the Regency and each month featured a small column on the latest fashions. You… Continue reading Ackermann’s Repository: Jan 1809
Welcome! I’m so glad you’ve found my little corner of the web. I’m Kitty, an avowed Austenite and Regency fan. I hope you’ll join me as I delve into the refined fashion of the English Regency. What’s so intriguing about such a short period of English history? The simple, but elegant costumes? The delicate and… Continue reading Escape into the World of the English Regency!