Regency Period and Jane Austen

I adore Jane Austen. Her writings are set in the period between 1790 and 1830 - i.e. during the years that she lived. She wrote about life as she knew it. This period of English history is known as the Regency period. It is known as this because at the time King George III was not doing well, so his son George IV became his "regent" - i.e. ran the kingdom for the king. While the actual official regency was from 1811 to 1820, the name now covers a wider range, from about 1790 to 1837. So this very neatly overlaps the Jane Austen period.

Note that this is sometimes also called "Empire Style". Empire refers to Napoleon I, i.e. the First French Empire. So again, this is late 1700s to early 1800s. The Empire Style applies not just to clothng but to architecture, furniture and other items. It is primarily about a Greek / Roman influence.

Clothing
Regency Clothing - long, white, simple
Regency Fichu - lace for modesty
Making your Own Regency Dress
Photos of My Regency Dress

Hair and Hats
Regency Hairstyle - updo with curls
Regency Hats - narrow scoop shape

Jewelry
Regency Jewelry - religious, elegant
Regency Rings - simple in design
Regency Necklaces - crosses, pearls
Regency Earrings - wire, not posts


Jane Austen's Books - including Movie Photos
Pride & Prejudice Review Pages
Persuasion Review Pages

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