Regency Fashions Calendar: Twelve Costume Illustrations of Early 19th Century England
The “Regency” in England was a brief historical period from 1811 to 1820 when George Augustus Frederick, the Prince of Wales, ruled as regent for his ailing father, George III. Regency style—encompassing design, decoration, architecture and fashion—is considered to cover a wider period, from about 1800 to 1830.
Fashionable costumes of the period began at a point of simplicity. The classical draperies of the early years of the century had been brought into fashion by the spirit of revolution in Europe, and a return to the perceived egalitarianism of the classical world. Early in the period gentlemen moved away from their coloured coats and knee breeches and ladies’ draperies settled to high waistlines and straight simple skirts. By the middle of the period, dark coats and light-coloured pantaloons were the norm for gentlemen, and ladies were adding more decoration to their gowns. As the Regency ended and George IV was crowned, waistlines drifted lower in ladies’ gowns as embellishment increased, and gentlemen adopted trousers and frock coats.
The twelve costume illustrations in this twelve-month calendar, six ladies and six gentlemen, bring Regency fashion to life. Each was was drawn and digitally painted by me, Shakoriel, with reference to 19th-century sources for historical accuracy.
This calendar is perfectly suited to the Jane Austen fan who wants to keep track of the days in Regency style!
The illustrations in this calendar are also available as individual prints ♥