1802 The Perron of the Palais-Royal, Paris, France.Despite his colorful clothing, this gentleman is dressed in the style of ‘Anglicizing’, or copying English Gentlemen’s fashions. This fashion began as way for the bourgeois to turn their backs on French aristocracy and their undemocratic ideals and formality and instead base their fashion style on the more relaxed clothing of the English gentleman of the time.Continue reading →
1806 Waiting for the Saint-Cloud Coach, Place de la Concorde, Paris. This couple is depicted waiting for the coach, which was a passenger vehicle drawn by four horses. The woman is wearing a fashionable hat or “capote” that covers her face. Her dress maintains the empire waist and has very long sleeves that also have a ‘mancheron’ or a gathered sleeve at the shoulders. The man is wearing a ‘habit du gagé’ or a coat with tails, buttoned at the waist. His hat is a ‘haut-de-forme’ or what is commonly known in English as a top hat. He wears tight, short pants tucked into large, riding boots, as was the fashion for men. (PD-Art) Illustrations by François Courboin from Octave Uzanne‘s Les Modes de Paris. Variations du goût et de l’esthétique de la femme, 1797-1897, L. Henry May, Paris, 1898, or from the English translation of the same work: Fashion in Paris : the various phases of feminine taste and aesthetics from 1797 to 1897, William Heinemann, London, 1898. Modes de Paris Related articles 1803 Two Spring Morning Dresses. #Regency #Fashion 1800 February Two Winter Afternoon Dresses #Regency #Fashion … Continue reading →
1827 Metropolitan Improvements Places in London and how they looked in 1827. The Regency Era had ended and Britain was moving into a stage of transition.Continue reading →
COME AND TAKE A WALK WITH ME DOWN A REGENCY STREET.
By the end of the Regency period, the City of London had more than a million inhabitants.
What’s in a name?
Elite places of London mentioned in my historical romance novels, and their modest beginnings. Historical romance authors often have characters who live in elite areas, such as Mayfair, Grosvenor Square, and Berkeley, yet all these areas had more lowly, or more dubious, beginnings.Continue reading →