Remember the Regency photoshoot Theresa and I did back in January? There were so many pretty photos from it that I didn’t manage to show you even half of the good ones, and I was afraid the blog would get rather monotonous if it was just post after post of these photos!
One thing I did really want to show you was our hair, as I think both our hairstyles turned out rather beautifully. I usually go for earlier Regency, quite deshabille, with lots of loose tendrils, with my hair, but Theresa has a secret talent: she’s a master braider.
Actually, it’s not at all a secret talent, because Theresa is so awesome at braiding that she has a braiding business and runs incredibly popular workshops on it in Melbourne.
With a braider par excellence at my disposal, of course I had to go for super braided hair. I’m not a period hair expert at all, so we just stuck to LOTS of plain braids, all wrapped around each other and a bun.
I have super thick, very wavy hair, and at the moment it is waist length, so there was a lot to work with.
We started by dividing the front hair from the back, and separating it with a center part (and I say we, because I advised on historicism as far as I knew, and Theresa did the actual magic). Then we took a small section of the back hair, and formed a bun to build the rest of the hair around.
The rest of the back hair got divided into braids, which wrapped up and around the bun:
The front sections were each braided, swooped back, and wrapped around the bun as well.
Theresa did my hair, and I did hers.
She’s got a bit below shoulder-length, straight, thick hair, with a lot of volume. Unlike mine, it will not sleek down against the head. Because of this, it just looked silly when I tried to center part it and smooth it down. So I went for a less-common-in-period pull-back, which suited her much better.
I bunned the upper hair, divided the lower hair into two braids, and wrapped them up and around the bun.
Gold beads tied back into the dress, and a vintage tortoiseshell comb added a bit of late-Regency asymmetrical height.
If you are interested in the jewellery, Theresa is wearing gold baubles by Things Unseen. They are my favourite earrings, because they look right with every period from ancient Rome to late Victorian! Her bracelet is a beautiful Kashmiri piece given to me by the wonderful Lynne, and the gold beads in her hair were my grandmothers.
My earrings are modern chandelier tat, but my necklace is something quite special. Also from the amazing Lynne, it’s an early Edwardian family piece in silver and black onyx, and shows the Regency influence on Edwardian jewellery, that would later appear in fashion as Directorie revival. I am quite honoured to be the new caretaker for the necklace (there are earrings as well, but they are screw-on, and I was afraid of loosing them in the gardens). And I made the bracelets.