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Morning DressesWalking DressesCarriage DressesRiding HabitsHalf DressFull DressCourt DressBridal DressesMourning AttireSea Side FashionsHatsGentlemen's FashionSpecial Guest Fashions

Special Guest Fashions

Julia Quinn Presents Bridgerton Couture

Welcome to the Bridgerton couture collection. With the help of Candice Hern, Regency author and expert extraordinaire, I've selected dresses from her collection of Regency fashion plates that I think my heroines might have liked....

 

Elizabeth Boyle Presents Lottie’s Closet

Whenever I write a book, I also like to pick out a wardrobe for my characters. So writing His Mistress by Morning was a special treat because when Charlotte turns into Lottie, she also can claim a closet full of elegant clothes. But where does a twenty-first century writer turn to find clothes for a nineteenth century fashionista? Well, to her good friend, Candice Hern and her collections, of course! Candice kindly shared a wealth of clothes with me and here is what I...

 
 

Morning Dresses

Morning Dress, Overview

Many fashion prints of the Regency period are labeled “Morning Dress.” This does not designate a specific type of dress. The “morning” label designates nothing more than the time of day the ensemble was worn....

 

Morning Dresses, July 1798

"Chinese Hat, made of bamboo cane, and red or other coloured Chenille; with blue ribbon round the crown, blue rosette in front, and tied down with blue ribbon. White or coloured muslin gown, full epaulettes....

 
 

Walking Dresses

Walking Dresses, Overview

Walking Dresses were worn on outdoor occasions when one wanted to see and be seen. They are often referred to as Promenade Dresses, a very literal definition of their purpose. The fashionable Regency woman was seen walking in the parks or in the shopping districts during the London Season...

 

Walking Dresses, June 1799

"Le Brun's Hat; made of cane, and lined with blue; turned up before and behind; wild rose, or other flower, in front. Blue muslin round dress...

 
 

Carriage Dresses

Walking or Carriage Dress, March 1809

"CARRIAGE COSTUME: A Polanese coat, and Saragossa mantle, of fine Vigonia cloth; the colour spring green, trimmed round the edges and up the front of the coat with black velvet bindings, and edgings of gold lace...

 

Carriage or Promenade Dress, January 1810

"A round cottage gown of fine cambric or jaconet muslin, ornamented at the feet, collar, and wrists with borders of needle-work, or fine fringe. The waist confined at the bottom with a white ribbon, tied in short bows and ends behind....

 
 

Riding Habits

Riding Habits, Overview

A distinctive equestrian costume for women, the riding habit, was first introduced in the 17th century. They were tailored by men in the manner of men's dress: a fitted jacket worn over a long skirt, often worn with a masculine hat....

 

Riding Habits, December 1798

"Riding habits of the most fashionable colours, corbeau or olive. The hats of velvet, or beaver and of all colours with small plumes. Shirts and cravats worn in place of...

 
 

Half Dress

Half Dress, Overview

Half Dress follows the less formal morning dress and afternoon walking dress into the late afternoon and early evening, and sometimes later in the evening if the occasion was not strictly formal...

 

Evening Half Dress, September 1796

"The hair round the face in easy curls, white silk net adorned with tassels, trimmed and tied under the chin with white satin ribband; chignon within the net. Corset and petticoat of white taffeta...

 
 

Full Dress

Full Dress, Overview

Full dress would have been the most formal of all evening wear, for both men and women. Full dress was worn only for very formal occasions, such as a ball or a formal reception or party. For women, prints labeled “Evening Dress” or “Ball Dress” would fall under the umbrella of Full Dress....

 

Ball Dress, September 1798

"Head-dress à la Niobe. The front hair cut short and combed straight; the sides in large loose plaits, turned round the head in the form of a bandeaux; part of the top thrown over the clasp in curls, the rest of the hair combed smooth, and finished behind in a bow....

 
 

Court Dress

Court Dresses, Overview

When ladies (and gentlemen) appeared at Court on formal occasions they were required to wear Court Dress, which was a very formal, very specific type of garment that was not worn anywhere else....

 

Court Dress, July 1797

"Petticoat of yellow crape, with a border of white crape, embroidered in festoons of laurels and roses, and a deep silver fringe; drapery of white crape; the whole ornamented with festoons of roses...

 
 

Bridal Dresses

French Bridal Dress, September 1813

A lace dress over an underskirt trimmed with flowers at the hem. The waist is quite high...

 

Bridal Dress, June 1816

"A frock of striped French gauze over a white satin slip; the bottom of the frock is superbly trimmed with a deep flounce of Brussels lace...

 
 

Mourning Attire

Mourning Promenade Dresses September 1805

"A short dress of black sarsnet trimmed with crape. A shawl cloak of black crape. Black chip bonnet. A long dress of black Italian gauze over black sarsnet. A scarf of black crape. Black chip...

 

Mourning Hats, September 1805

"No. 1--A hat of black crape, the crown made full, and the front turned up, ornamented with black feathers. No. 2--A black chip hat, turned up in front. No. 3--A hat of black silk, trimmed with crape, and ornamented with flowers....

 
 

Sea Side Fashions

Promenade Sea Beach Costume, September 1809

"A Grecian frock of fine French cambric or jaconet muslin, with corresponding border at the feet, in shaded purple embroidery; Roman back and front of the same....

 

Sea Coast Promenade Dress, October 1809

"A bonnet composed of yellow satin and lace, richly embossed with leopard spots in deep orange; the front in the tiara form, bound with green figured ribband...

 
 

Hats

Hats – October 1799

"Fig. 1 and 2 represent the front and side of the hermit hat, which is fancifully made of willow, bound with ribband, with a wreath of orange roses in front. This hat has lately been imported from Paris by Miss Barry, Milliner to the Duchess of York, New Bond Street, and is worn by several ladies of high rank....

 

London Head Dresses, May 1800

"The Venetian Bonnet, made of straw and trimmed with straw flowers, the strings fastened with a bow behind and tied loose on the bosom...

 
 

Gentlemen's Fashion

Gentleman’s Half Dress, January 1803

The coat is single-breasted, with a high, narrow collar and exaggerated cuffs. His white shirt is boldly ruffled, with its collar held high on his cheeks by a neckcloth tied asymmetrically to one side...

 

French Gentleman’s Evening Dress, February 1801

The coat is cut high in the waist, as was typical of this period, although this example is a bit exaggerated in the manner of the Incroyables...