What was fashionable for outer wear in Jane Austen’s time and in past centuries? Different names in different countries: Pelisse, Redingote, Walking Dress, Carriage Costume etc. Pelisse, Redingote, Or Walking Dress: History Notes Book 5 By Suzi Love. http://books2read.com/suzilovePelisse
The Pelisse or Redingote was essentially a coat or robe like garment worn both indoors and out. Worn indoors open to reveal a dress, the outdoor version was made of heavier materials and of darker colors than the type worn indoors. The name comes from the term ‘riding coat.’ In the Georgian Era, Redingotes were worn by men, women and children when outdoors and especially as part of a riding costume by both sexes.
In England, the Pelisse was the main sort of fashionable outerwear, or coat, for women in the Regency Era, or Jane Austen’s times. Though this sort of coat was popular from the late 1700s until around 1850. In the early 1800s, this sort of Empire style coat reached the hip or knee but around 1810 the Pelisse lengthened to become a full length coat. Around 1812, the Pelisse often had a broad, cape-like collar with fur trim and thanks to the Napoleonic Wars and an avid interest in all things military, a Pelisse took on a military look with epaulettes and braiding very popular.
While the terms Redingote and Pelisse are often used interchangeably, Pelisse and Walking Dress and Carriage Costume were the names used in English Fashion Plates, whereas French Fashion Plates refer to the longer style of coats as a Redingote and the shorter shoulder capes worn by military men as a Pelisse.Looking for a gift for a lover of the Bridgertons and Jane Austen? What sort of coats did they wear? Different names in different countries: Pelisse, Redingote, Or Walking Dress. #Bridgerton #RegencyEra #HistoricalFashion #JaneAusten… Click To Tweet