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Regency Era Fashion Plates 1800-1819

April 12, 2011

Regency Era Fashion Plates 1800-1819 compiled by Mandy Foster and Danielle Perry (ISBN 1440404690)

Purchased from Jane Austen Centre’s online giftshop:

My initial reaction to this book was one of disappointment at the quality, because for £30 one would at least expect a glossy hard-back, but this is an ordinary paper-back which I would have put at no more than £15 – £20.

It has since become one of my most browsed books!  In need of inspiration, I automatically reach for it and gaze at all the lovely fashion plates from Costumes Parisiens, Ackerman’s Repository, The Ladies’ Monthly Museum, La Belle Assemblee, and The Lady’s Magazine.

My opinion now?  Priceless!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2011 2:11 pm

    Did debate buying that book. But have managed to find quite a lot via the internet.

    I was thinking the other day I wonder what someone looking from a future time would think the fashions of today were by just looking at fashion magazines and the odd item of clothing that had survived from being only worn once and put away. I think they’d end up with all the extremes of fashion, catwalk and designer rather than the more practical high street clothes most people wear.

    • November 26, 2011 11:44 am

      That’s an interesting point, all those ‘special’ garments and accessories not being worn-out by everyday use, but stored and sometimes forgotten.
      Then again, everyone has a camera these days, and photos of everyday life are everywhere to be seen, recording what we were all wearing…and how ridiculous some of those fashions were!! (Some things never change…lol!)

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