Shapewear Nightmare

A wonderful article on the (im)practicalities of underwear, from the Regency period through to the modern day likes of the Wonderbra. Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels. *** It may be the third millennium, but not much has changed*… Read more about Shapewear Nightmare


The Jane Austen Topaz Cross

Jane Austen Topaz Cross

In response to huge demand, the Jane Austen Gift Shop is delighted to announce this beautiful replica of Jane Austen’s topaz cross pendant. Many months in the making, it is on sale now! Along with her turquoise ring, the topaz cross must be the most iconic jewellery item associated with Jane, and it’s of especial… Read more about The Jane Austen Topaz Cross


The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Five – At the Assembly Rooms, at last!

Dear Reader, I hope that this journal of my time in Bath should prove to be helpful to you. In reading it may you be spared the numerous faux pas and embarrassments that I was not. I truly feel that if this work should prevent even one other young lady from public ridicule in the… Read more about The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Five – At the Assembly Rooms, at last!


Regency Caps: Draped and Ruffled

“I have made myself two or three caps to wear in the evenings since I came home, and they save me a world of torment as to hair-dressing!” Jane Austen, 1798 Ladies’ Regency Caps, by Laura Boyle Caps have been worn by men and women from before time was recorded. By the Regency, however, they… Read more about Regency Caps: Draped and Ruffled


A Ballgown for April, 1812

Fashion plates were one way of keeping Au Courant with the latest styles


Parasols

The exquisite creamy complexion of the Regency maid, though a far cry from the powdered beauties of the previous century, required much care, if one wished to avoid a sunburn or freckles. One need only recall the Bingley sisters’ disdain at Elizabeth Bennet’s “brown” complexion, gained from her summer travels to acknowledge that the bonnet… Read more about Parasols


Regency Petticoats

Learn about proper Regency underpinnings, including petticoats, stays and shifts…


Tambour Work

… another way to embellish the white-on-white gowns popular during the Regency