Fashion Porn

Regency Dress Porn: Silk Evening Dress

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

Fashion Porn

Regency Dress Porn: 1810 Embroidered Dancing Dress

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

What to Wear

What to Wear to a Regency Ball: Accessories

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

Culture · Resources

Learn to Dance Like You’re in a Jane Austen Novel

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