Now You Too Can Look Like the Duchesse de Berry

This fashion print of a ball gown appeared in Observateur des Modes No. 409 and was published in Paris sometime between 1818-1823. It’s hand colored and the description at the bottom translated from French to English reads: Dress in tulle cotton embroidered and lined with volans bouquets of roses and beads. The belt and shoes [...]

What a Regency Lady Might Wear to Gunter’s

This is one of my favorite regency era fashion prints.  I love the contrast between the yellow gown and the black spencer. Description under the hand colored fashion print translated from French to English: “Hat from Naples split on the sides.  Spencer in velvet with bursts in satin.  Dress has flounces.” Source used: Observateur des [...]

A Regency Lady’s Walking Ensemble

A Regency Lady’s Walking Ensemble

During the Regency, ladies and gentlemen of the ton went to Hyde Park throughout the Season between the fashionable hours of 5:00 and 6:00 in the afternoon to see and be seen.  Wearing a fetching ensemble was one way to help a lady catch the eye of a potential suitor.  If all else failed, she could [...]

What might the Duchesse de Berry wear to the ball?

What might the Duchesse de Berry wear to the ball?

The night is cold and you're on your way to the ball. The ride will be long due to the line of carriages leading up to the house and the brick at your feet will stay warm for only so long. What’s a girl to do? If you are a girl of means, you might [...]